Apollo Nida, husband of The Real Housewives of Atlanta
star Phaedra Parks, has been sentenced to eight years in federal prison, according to The Atlanta Journal Constitution
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Nida plead guilty
to fraud in May. He was accused of running a four-year bank scheme that included mail and wire fraud and identity theft that involved more than "50 individuals to the tune of an estimated $2 million."
Nida did not get the maximum sentence (which might have been up to 30 years), but still received eight years in prison since he is a repeat white-collar crime offender. He spent five years in prison before marrying Parks in 2009. In that same year, he started his new scheme, where he "opened a fake debt collection agency to gain access to databases full of individual's personal information."
"The government did what they had to do," Nida told the AJC
"I want to apologize to the victims," he said before the judge. "I want to apologize to my family for letting them down."
Nida and Parks have two sons. Aiden, 4, and Dylan, 1. The judge recommended that Nida be placed in a facility close to their Atlanta home for his family's benefit. Nida's attorney also made it clear that Parks had nothing to do with the scheme and was not at the hearing today. (Image courtesy of Bravo)