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U.S. reality TV star Phaedra Park’s husband, Apollo Nida, has pleaded guilty to both the bank fraud and identity theft.
The Real Housewives of Atlanta star was hit with numerous charges in January 2014, over allegations he started fake companies and bank accounts using stolen identities. He reportedly stole more than $2.3 million (£1.4 million).
On Tuesday, May 6, Nida pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail, wire, and bank fraud. His sentence date is yet to be disclosed.
Nida And Parks, a lawyer, got married in 2009 and are parents to two children. The couple have appeared together on the series, alongside Glee star NeNe Leakes and singer Kandi Burruss, since 2010.
Federal prosecutors report that, starting in 2009, Apollo and his co-conspirators stole and obtained checks, filed fraud tax returns, and made fraudulent claims against the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in at least 11 states.
They group is also charged with taking out phony auto loans.
The group reportedly laundered the money by stealing people’s identities and opening bank accounts in those names. One of the co-conspirators, Gayla St. Julien, was arrested in September last year, and identified Apollo in connection with the crimes.
Nida was questioned by U.S. Marshals back in January 2014. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, he is facing up to 30 years behind bars and a fine of up to $1 million (on top of restitution).
A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for July.