'Real Housewives of Atlanta's' Apollo Nida blames conviction on Phaedra Parks

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apollo-nida-real-housewives-atlanta-phaedra-parks-gi.jpgApollo Nida is facing some serious jail time (again) after pleading guilty to mail, wire and bank fraud. 

The "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star is facing a restitution of an estimated $2.3 million, with a potential additional $1 million fine and up to 30 years in prison. The sentencing hearing is set for July 2.

So what exactly did Nida do to get himself in trouble? According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Alana Black, Nida opened up a fake debt collection agency to steal people's identities, and then used that information to find unclaimed funds. He later opened up fake auto dealerships to claim auto loans for cars that weren't real.

The reason Nida did this, he says, is for his "Real Housewives of Atlanta" wife Phaedra Parks, AJC.com reports. Though he takes "full responsibility for my actions," Nida says following his 2009 marriage to Parks, he was unable to provide the life she was living for her ... so he turned to fraud. Nida had been released from prison after five years for auto title fraud only six months before marrying Parks.

According to Nida, Parks was unaware of his illegitimate schemes. He did, however, have a nervous breakdown under the pressures of having to "sustain a lifestyle" right for a reality star. "I got sucked in and engulfed and lost sight of things," he says. 

With Parks expected to come back for "RHOA" Season 7 and Nida slated to go to prison in July, chances are audiences will be able to watch this drama play out on the small screen.

Nida isn't the only "Real Housewives" star to fall into the fraud trap to sustain his reality TV lifestyle. "Real Housewives of New Jersey's" Teresa and Joe Giudice are facing two years in jail after pleading guilty to bank and wire fraud.
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