Apollo is accused of creating fake companies and opening fake bank accounts to funnel stolen U.S. Treasury checks and auto loan proceeds. The scheme allegedly harmed more than 50 victims. He pled guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud. However, lawyers asked that his criminal history category be reduced from “Criminal History Category V” to “Criminal History Category IV,” thereby reducing the maximum sentence of 30 years (and possible fine of $1 million).
“A criminal history category of V substantially overstates the seriousness of Mr. Nida’s criminal past, thus warranting a departure from the Guidelines range,” his attorneys stated in July 3 court documents, noting that the 35-year-old’s history of petty crimes were mostly committed a decade ago.
The attorney continued, “Mr. Nida’s lengthy but early small-time criminal history is simply not in the same league as the ‘violent offenders, drug kingpins and perpetrators of far more serious offenses’ that Criminal History Category V was designed to address.”
Apollo will serve 8 years in prison following his voluntary surrender at a later date (approx 4-6 weeks from now), confirms a chambers clerk for Judge Charles A Pannell, Jr.. Once Apollo is released from prison, he will be on parole for a further 5 years. He must also pay restitution, although no amount of money has been confirmed yet.
“Today’s sentencing exemplifies impartial justice regardless of economic class or perceived celebrity status,” said Reginald G. Moore, special agent in charge of the United States Secret Service, Atlanta Field Office.
Shortly before being sentenced, Apollo thanked fans for their support saying “I appreciate everyone [reaching out].”
His marriage is reportedly in trouble, with Apollo admitting they’re “working on” their marriage and haven’t been seen together regularly in some time. And one of his homes went to public auction after Apollo failed to pay its bills.