Phaedra Parks reportedly won’t be sticking around for husband Apollo Nida to serve his eight-year prison sentence.
According to In Touch Weekly, the 41-year-old Real Housewives Of Atlanta star ‘wants to leave him’ after he was convicted of federal bank fraud and identity theft and sentenced to almost a decade in the slammer on July 8.
‘If they never started a family, she would have filed for divorce long ago,’ the publication reports
an insider as saying. ‘But this is going to push Phaedra to act quickly.’
The entertainment attorney and the 35-year-old personal trainer are parents to two young sons
– Ayden, three, and Dylan, 14 months – and despite wanting to keep her family together for the
sake of the children, she’s reportedly had enough of her husband’s criminal activities.
Of course, the couple married on November 1, 2009 – only a short time after Apollo was released from jail having spent six years behind bars for car theft.
Meanwhile, TMZ is reporting that the troubled reality star, who regularly appeared alongside his
wife on the hit series, will have to cough up close to $1.9 million in restitution after being convicted
of cashing stolen checks and laundering more than $2.3 million.
Documents obtained by the website have the figure broken down between six beneficiaries: JP Morgan Chase will get $828,300; the IRS gets $127,011; the State Of Connecticut will be repaid $45,525; the State Of Texas is claiming $39,275; Delta Airlines seeks $24,985; while the State Of California is owed $15,778.
Phaedra Parks reportedly did not attend her husband’s sentencing, though his mother and brother were present in the US District Court in Georgia.
Nida initially faced up to 30 years in prison, but reportedly had his sentence cut after cooperating with federal investigators by revealing important evidence in the case.
Headline News Reporter Tracy Murphy live-tweeted the sentencing as it happened on July 8.
Murphy, who is also a segment producer for HLN’s Now On The Case with Vinnie Politan, informed followers: ‘Breaking news Apollo Nida got 8 years in prison #onthecase #RHOA’.
She then gave an update, saying: ‘RHOA’s @PhaedraParks was not in court for husband Apollo’s sentencing. @yasminv says his mother, brother were there.’
HLN correspondent Yasmin Vossoughian tweeted from the court: ‘His mom and brother spoke in court. He apologized to his family and the court.’
She also added that Nida got the lighter sentencing due to ‘voluntary surrender’. Judge Charles Pannell presided over the case that included identity theft and money laundering.
According to various reports, Nida used the identities he stole from more than 50 people to set up bank accounts in which to launder the money, cashing US Treasury checks as well as checks from the Delta Airlines pension fund and fraudulent US income tax returns.
Rap sheet: Nida has a history of offences, including DUI arrests
The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that Assistant US Attorney Alana Black detailed the father-of-two’s scheme to Judge Pannell, explaining how he set up a fake debt collection agency in order to gain personal information of the people whose IDs he stole. He then reportedly found unclaimed funds and refunds from the US Department Of Housing and Urban Development and syphoned them into the new bank accounts, which co-conspirator Gayla St Julien reportedly set up and deposited. A fake auto dealership was also established in which Nida set up loans for non-existent vehicles. The sentencing comes after Nida asked the court to lower his Criminal History Category from the more serious V to a IV, RadarOnline reported earlier this week.
Apollo – who has been plagued with legal trouble since his early 20s – could have got as many as 30 years in prison.
‘A criminal history category of V substantially overstates the seriousness of Mr. Nida’s criminal past, thus warranting a departure from the Guidelines range,’ attorneys from the firm of Chilivis, Cochran, Larkins & Bever LLP stated in court documents filed on Thursday.
His lawyers, however, pointed out that several of Apollo’s offences including driving under the influence, giving a false name to police and three probation revocations all occurred when he was between 19 and 23 years old.
‘Mr. Nida’s lengthy but early small-time criminal history is simply not in the same league as the “violent offenders, drug kingpins and perpetrators of far more serious offenses” that Criminal History Category V was designed to address,’ Apollo’s attorneys went on explain.
Meanwhile, Radar also reports that the star’s 4,687 square foot property was sold for just $2,800 on May 6. However he has hardly taken the biggest loss on the deal, for according to Radar he originally purchased the Atlanta house for a mere $9,000 in 2010.
Court documents showed the Sheriff’s department held the sale to pay towards ‘taxes owed, the interest and penalties on said taxes, and the expenses of the sale, all of which were mature and payable because of failure to pay same interest and penalties on said taxes.’
Apollo showed some remorse at a May court hearing.
‘I take full responsibility for my actions. It was a dumb situation I put myself in,’ he said in court. ‘I got sucked in and engulfed and lost sight of things. It’s my fault at the end of the day.’
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