“Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Apollo Nida, who is husband of attorney Phaedra Parks on the show, recently spoke publicly for the first time since he was arrested for fraud a week ago.
He made an appearance on the “Bethenny” show earlier this week. He was asked if the men on the show have to worry about the extra fame while appearing on the “Real Housewives” show, which is on Bravo.
“I think so coming from prison, doing six years in prison and then being thrown into a TV show was kind of difficult and I think for the first time coming off I was very quiet and kind of shy, it was just a difficult transition for me,” Nida said.
Cynthia Bailey’s husband, Peter Thomas, added: “It’s like a part-time job for us. It’s not demanding all of our time is like it is for the girls. We’re pretty much there as a support for them.”
Nida was arrested for allegedly creating fake businesses, using stolen checks, and using false bank accounts, it was reported.
The move apparently drew attention from the Secret Service’s Counterfeit and U.S. Treasury Check Squad, reported TMZ.
Nida is accused of depositing millions of dollars in “stolen and fraudulently obtained checks” as well as “auto loan proceeds” and “US treasury checks,” ABC reported. He also is accused of identity theft.
“This is a really big deal for Apollo,” Steven Mindel, a certified family law specialist not connected to the case, told ABC. “Any time that the federal government files criminal charges against you, you can expect they’re looking for jail time.”
He was released on $25,000 bond and will appear in court in February.
Nida also served time for racketeering charges before he was released in 2009.
“Of course my husband did have a past,” his said on HLN last year. “Like I say on my show, ‘Every sinner has a past, every saint has a future.’”