Phaedra Parks and Apollo Nida

Real Housewives of Atlanta cast member Apollo Nida is working on a plea deal with the federal government to avoid a trial, according to the AJC’s Rodney Ho (via Radar Online).

Any plea deal will involve prison time for Nida who was arrested in January and charged with bank fraud and identity theft.

Nida’s wife, Real Housewives of Atlanta cast member Phaedra Parks will represent him in court.

From Rodney Ho Radio & TV Talk:

In documents procured by Radaronline filed last week, “Counsel for Mr. Nida and counsel for the government have been engaged in discussions aimed at resolving this matter without a trial since February 10, 2014. They are still in the process of investigating additional facts and negotiating a resolution.”

A pre-trial hearing had been originally scheduled last month. Both sides agreed to a continuance through April 25, 2014. The government has charged him but has yet to file an indictment.

Nida, based on the testimony of a woman he worked with Gayla St. Julien and Nida’s computer the feds procured, created fake debt-collection businesses in order to “illicitly obtain personal identifying information of individuals.” St. Julien would take on these fake identities and deposit fraudulent auto loan checks, stolen U.S. Treasury checks, stolen retirement checks issued to Delta Airlines employees and checks in the name of real people owed unclaimed property, according to the original criminal complaint.

The complaint provided a sampling of bank accounts totaling about $3 million tied to alleged fraudulent activities.

Nida allegedly has been working these schemes since 2009, soon after he was released from prison for a prior racketeering case.

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