This season on Real Housewives of Atlanta … NeNe Leakes and BFF Cynthia Bailey have gone out of their way to drag in people who know about Kandi, Phaedra, and Kenya’s past. Tonight on the show it looks like there is going to be a fight between Chris and (I think) Kenya’s friend/brother/assistant Brandon. Kenya told us all that Chris wasn’t really married to Natalie. I don’t know whether they are married or not – but she tweeted a link to a video of him saying he was single last year – so Kenya wins round one.
But the bigger question in my mind is – what the heck is really going on?
By now we’ve all read the news that Apollo Nida has been charged with fraud and identity theft. The Atlanta blogs and radio stations are ALL OVER this story, with promises that the actual court documents will be posted on-line tomorrow. Is there more to dragging up people from Kandi and Phaedra’s past that meets the eye – or was NeNe just trying to expose them as Ho’s? Anyway – the story on Apollo just gets stranger and stranger.
First is the actual criminal complaint: PS – Sandra Rose is on top of this story – so go there for the latest updates. The complaint is below:
|Alexandre Herrera, a U.S. Secret Service Agent in the Counterfeit and U.S. Treasury Check Squad, in a written affidavit, charged that Nida created fake companies, enabling him to access databases to find individuals to rip off. He opened fake bank accounts under those real names and funneled stolen U.S. Treasury checks and auto loan proceeds into those accounts.The agent in February 2012 began investigating alleged criminal activities of Gayla St. Julien, who he said was opening bank accounts under stolen identities to commit bank and check fraud. The investigation ran until September, 2013. At that point, they found 40 bank accounts tied to her. The complaint provided a sampling of bank accounts totaling about $3 million tied to alleged fraudulent activities.The office also identified two fake debt-collection businesses used to “illicitly obtain personal identifying information of individuals.” The companies used LexisNexis and Equifax database inquiries to steal identities. St. Julien was arrested on Sept. 11, 2013 by the Secret Service. She implicated Nida as the man who orchestrated many of the alleged fraudulent schemes. She had worked with Nida since 2009.St. Julien “described herself as NIDA’s ‘right hand b****’ in executing the legwork of his fraud schemes,” Herrera wrote. She told him she received “scraps” compared to how much he pocketed.Nida would allegedly steal real people’s identities and have St. Julien pretend to be them to open bank accounts. She would then deposit fraudulent auto loan checks, stolen U.S. Treasury checks, stolen retirement checks issued to Delta Airlines employees, and checks in the names of real people that were owed unclaimed property from various state and federal government agencies, according to the criminal complaint.He also opened a fake auto dealership (such as Ferrari Autohaus) and apply for auto loans in the names of stolen identities. After the arrest, the agents had St. Julien tape record conversations with Nida in which he explained many of his schemes. At one point, they obtained a federal search warrant of Nida’s vehicle and seized evidence, including a bank debit card in the name of Ferrari Autohaus Inc., cell phones and a laptop computer.Nida was previously imprisoned from 2004 to 2009 for breaking federal racketeering laws related to auto title fraud. He married Parks, an attorney, in 2009 and they have since had two children.
The U.S. District Judge Gerrilyn G. Brill released Nida on a pretrial bond of $25,000. A preliminary hearing is set for Feb. 12, 2014.
From this source
Then there is Jessica Lacy Voker, who claims Phaedra is up to her eyeballs in dirty dealings. She’s been active on twitter, and gave a candid radio interview where she said that Apollo was small fry compared to FayFay.
Now rumors are starting that other househusbands might be involved …
— Kimlayne (@CurrituckKim) January 26, 2014
Meanwhile – in one of the funniest twitter exchanges I’ve ever seen, Apollo argued with Stoopidhousewives about when the investigation started. She was reading court documents, but he claimed the investigation couldn’t have been going on since 2008 – since he was in prison. You can not make this stuff up. He’s being charged, but he’s arguing details with a blogger on twitter.
— APOLLO NIDA RHOA (@apollonida03) January 25, 2014
@stoopidhsewives I was in prison in 2008
— APOLLO NIDA RHOA (@apollonida03) January 25, 2014
Speculation is running rampant that Apollo is going to throw a bigger fish to the feds, since he was released on bond – something very uncommon for people on parole. Hmmmmm. I wish the househusbands were on WWHL tonight instead of last week. Something tells me there is more to come on this story. Stay tuned.
Meanwhile Ms. Kenya Moore seems to have won Round Two.
Losers never win. I have always seen through ppl and I was the first to tell you last season about these ppl and who they really are. #dirty
— KENYA MOORE (@KenyaMoore) January 25, 2014
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