Before Season 3 of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Atlanta aired the new addition
Phaedra Parks is already stirring up tons of controversy! The powerhouse entertain-
ment lawyer from the ATL, who has worked with celebrities like Jermaine Dupri,
Ludacris, Bobby Brown and Michael Jackson, got married late last year to Apollo
Nida and it has since come to light that Nida is an ex-convict who had recently been
paroled after serving nearly 5 years in prison!
According to public records, Apollo Nida was convicted for racketeering and began
serving his sentence July 28, 2004. He served nearly 5 years of his 18-year sentence
before being paroled on May 27, 2009.
MediaTakeout.com has a screen capture that also indicates he served close to 5 months
from December 29, 1998 to May 14, 1999 for theft by receiving stolen goods. Both
crimes were committed in March of 1997 so I assume they were connected. The racket-
eering evidence must not have surfaced until years later.
Nida lost no time re-acclimating to society because within 6 months he was married to
Phaedra Parks and the couple was expecting a baby in July, 2010 – which if you do the
math means that the baby was conceived right around the time of their wedding on the
weekend of November 1, 2009. (It should be noted that in an interview with HerDaily-
Fix.com Phaedra says she met her husband in 1995, so perhaps the romance wasn’t as
whirlwindy as it appears.)
As far as the details from his conviction, you can read most of it in his appeal documents
HERE. The highlights are:
A Newton County grand jury indicted Eddie James Lee Graham, Apollo Nida, and four
other individuals on a 20 count indictment alleging violation of the Georgia Racketeer
Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act and multiple counts of theft by receiv-
ing stolen property, forgery in the first degree, sale or possession of a vehicle from
which the vehicle identification number (VIN) had been removed, and possession of
counterfeit insurance identification. Graham and Nida were tried together with co-
defendant Melvin Thomas, Sr. Graham was convicted on the RICO count as well as one
count of theft by receiving and three counts of the VIN offense. Nida was convicted on
the RICO count.
Here, the evidence showed that Graham sold four stolen vehicles to residents of Newton
County and provided false Ohio certificates of title to the purchasers. After the titles
were registered in Newton County, the certificates were recognized as forgeries by an
employee of the Georgia Department of Motor Vehicle Safety (GDMVS). A GDMVS in-
vestigator who specialized in auto crime title fraud testified that the forged certificates
of title were manufactured from copies of a single valid Ohio certificate of title in the
name of William Spearman. Virginia Department of Motor Vehicle records showed a
Virginia driver’s license issued in the name of William W. Spearman, but with Nida’s
photograph on it. Defendant Gerald Rillie, who testified at trial under an agreement
with the State, testified that he researched “clean” VINs and provided the numbers to
Nida for attachment to stolen vehicles. Rillie testified that Nida provided the forged
VIN decal that was found in the Tahoe sold in Newton County. Rillie also identified a
handwritten list or chart that he gave to the police, showing the organization of the
car theft ring and Nida’s place in it as the man “to get the numbers done.” This evi-
dence amply demonstrates that Graham and Nida committed predicate acts of theft
by receiving, forgery, and possession of vehicles with false VINs, several of which
occurred in Newton County.
So Apollo Nidra was the “numbers” guy in the operation – a non-violent, “white col-
lar” crime – which should help his case as viewing audiences and fellow cast members
start their own trials of Phaedra’s choice of spouse when Season 3 of The Real House-
wives of Atlanta kicks off!
Here are the details from his arrest including a listing of his aliases Brandon Phillips,
William Spearman, and Corey Lamont Thomas:
Phaedra Parks issued this statement about her husband Apollo Nida’s criminal past:
As Malcolm X so eloquently put it: “Stumbling is not falling.” Yes, my husband is a con-
victed non-violent offender but I did not marry him because of his past, I married him
because I love him. I married him because I am a Christian and I know that a person’s
past does not dictate his or her future. Be you a Christian, ordinary citizen or just ident-
ify yourself as an American – this country and the justice system, however flawed it may
be, was built on the power of redemption.
Charles Dutton was a convicted violent offender before he was the beloved actor, play-
wright and director we know him as now. Don King, Michael Vick and even Martha Ste-
wart are convicted felons who served time and still make a difference. Prison did not
stop Malcolm X, it enlightened him and gave him the perseverance to fight for others.
I believe in my husband, I trust my husband, I love my husband, and I know he loves
and adores me. That is a blessing, and each day I am filled with an even stronger sense
of gratitude for it.