It looks like Apollo Nida will be missing out on a lot of important moments in his kids' lives.
Today was judgment day for the Real Housewives of Atlanta husband... and things didn't go too well. While Apollo's lawyer tried to build a case based on his client's tough childhood, the federal court judge just wasn't here for any of it and sentenced Apollo to eight years in prison for his four-year scheme that defrauded folks out of $2 million.
As we mentioned in a prior post, Apollo was arrested earlier this year for identity theft and bank fraud after authorities say Phaedra's husband was out there running shell companies, milking unsuspecting victims out of their money and falsely cashing checks.
According to AJC, Apollo left the courtroom
seemingly annoyed by the sentence.
Nida, dressed in a tan suit and wearing a beard and mustache thicker than seen on the television show, questioned the slightly harsher 96-month sentence to the judge and appeared annoyed after the hearing. “The government did what they had to do,” Nida said before entering the elevator the downtown federal courthouse. When asked if he was unhappy about the sentence, he said, “Whatever the judge gave.”
At his May sentencing, Apollo took full responsibly for his actions and claimed he only did it because he felt like he needed to keep up with Phaedra's income and lifestyle, as portrayed on Real Housewives of Atlanta.
He said she was making far more money than him and he felt pressure to keep up. (He cited a $600,000 contract for her but didn’t say how long that was supposed to last.) Without easy legitimate ways to make quick money, he opted for this illegal scheme instead. But he claimed to her he was running a legitimate debt recovery firm and kept her firmly in the dark.
He said he even had a nervous breakdown at one point over the pressures to “sustain a lifestyle” befitting of a reality show star. And once he started the scheme, he found it difficult to stop. “I got sucked in and engulfed and lost sight of things,” he said.
Nida said he often didn’t think about whether this was hurting anybody because he was primarily targeting private businesses and the government, not individuals. And in the case of unclaimed property, what were the odds these folks would ever claim them?
Phaedra was not present for today's hearing.
Apollo won't be a stranger to doing hard time. He spent six years behind bars in 2003 for being part of a car-theft operation. Stay schemin'.