The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Apollo Nida pleaded guilty Wednesday, admitting his involvement in a $2.3 million fraud and identity theft scheme.
While Phaedra Parks’ hubby is now facing serious jail time, he is upbeat.
“I just left the courthouse, and I’m alive,” he told Radar. “I’m cool.”
“I feel good about the support I’m getting,” the reality star added. “All the support has been needed. It’s an uphill battle, but we’re still staying positive.”
That may be all he has left at this point.
According to the U.S. Attorney's office, federal officials nailed Nida after he and a group of co-conspirators cashed tons of stolen U.S. Treasury checks.
They also had checks from the Delta Airlines pension fund, which they laundered through bank accounts in the names of people whose IDs he also stole.
Investigators say that Nida filed fake tax returns and obtained bank loans against cars he didn't even own. Not a small-time, one-off scam in other words.
The feds swooped in right around the time that crazy fight broke out on Bravo (during the season, not Kenya Moore vs. Porsha Williams reunion smackdown).
The Real Housewives of Atlanta star pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail, wire, and bank fraud. He'll be sentenced at a later date, and his fate is unknown.
With a case like this, it could go either way. Apollo Nida could end up in jail for a long, long time or escape it entirely, depending on the deal he cut.
Perhaps that's why Mr. Phaedra Parks insists he's never been better? That or he's just in denial over the ordeal. “We have a lot of good stuff to talk about!” he says.
“Everything doesn’t have to be negative. Right now, I’m working on a three-part project on a new fitness series to compete with P90x and Insanity."
"I’m about to launch the pre-natal video for pregnant women. I’m working on a distribution deal. Working on Phine Dining. We’re doing monthly subscriptions."
"I have a lot of positive things out there to talk about.”
Everyone just forget about that fraud ring, okay?!