'Real Housewives' husband Apollo Nida sentenced on fraud charges

ATLANTA -- The husband of a "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star was sentenced to 8 years in prison followed by 5 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to mail, wire and bank fraud charges.

Federal prosecutors accused Apollo Nida, husband of Phaedra Parks, of participating in a four-year scheme that cost more than 50 victims $2.3 million.

Nida, 35, and other conspirators are accused of obtaining stolen checks by stealing them or buying them, according to a press release by U.S. Attorney Sally Yates. Stolen checks including U.S. Treasury Checks and checks stolen from Delta Airline pension funds, according to Yates.

Nida and others are also accused of obtaining funds by filing fraudulent tax returns as well as making fraudulent claims against the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in 11 states using names of victims who had their identities stolen.

Prosecutors say Nida and others also obtained fraudulent auto loans secured by vehicles they didn't have ownership or interest in. They allegedly created fake documents and websites that appeared to be from legitimate auto dealerships to get those loans.

Nida's computer was seized by Secret Service agents back in September 2013. He was arrested in January.

U.S. District Court Judge Charles A. Pannell, Jr. also ordered Nida to pay restitution to the victims of his offenses, and scheduled a separate hearing to take place on July 17 to calculate the restitution amount.

Nida pleaded guiltyto the charges on May 6. He remains out on bond until he is ordered to report to prison to serve his sentence.

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