Apollo Nida was scheduled to appear before U.S. District Judge Gerrilyn G. Brill today for a preliminary hearing on his four federal charges today at 10 a.m. If you are just tuning in, Apollo was charged with Embezzlement (10 year max) , Bank Fraud (30 year max), Aggravated Identity Theft (automatically adds 2 years to Bank Fraud sentence) , and Conspiracy (doubles the Bank Fraud sentence) on January 23rd.
However, on Monday, Apollo’s attorney, Thomas Bever, filed a Waiver of Preliminary Hearing on his behalf. He also filed an Unopposed Motion to Continue Proceedings. That motion asked for a thirty-day continuance making the first possible return to court March 26, 2014. No new calendar date has been set as of this posting. The continuance was not contested by the prosecution. That, combined with the wording of the motion strongly indicated that both parties were in “discussions.” This strongly suggests that the terms of a plea deal are being worked out and the case will not be going to trial.
For now, Apollo remains out on bail with the following Special Conditions: Defendant may travel outside the district with U.S. Pretrial Services supervision; stricter than normal supervision; no alcohol consumption at all; other standard conditions as set out in the Order Setting Conditions of Release.
It looks like both sides are very close to reaching a deal. Based on Apollo receiving bail at all, let alone a bail of only $25,000, it is highly likely that he is currently giving up some others involved in the criminal activity for which he is charged in exchange for a lighter sentence. Rumors abound that others associated with the Real Housewives of Atlanta may be involved with or aware of the illegal activity. Will anyone else we know get arrested? Time will tell. Stay tuned to Tamaratattles.com for all the latest news.
In the interest of Real Housewives Atlanta Reunion drama, I tweeted Kenya Moore to ask if the RHOA Reunion would be filmed by March 25th and she replied that it would not. It remains up in the air whether or not we will see Apollo at the reunion this season. I, for one, can’t wait to see what happens.