This deposition of Justin Cody, a father of one of Angela Stanton’s children, was taken by James Radford, attorney of record for Angela Stanton, as part of pre-trial discovery. The deposition was taken at Robert A. Deyton Federal Prison last November. It’s full of interesting information that appears to validate the information in Stanton’s book, Lies of a Real Housewife. Cody states that Phaedra Parks was a participant in and perhaps the mastermind behind, a serious of criminal activities for which Stanton was prosecuted and convicted. A courthouse source has provide this deposition, and another that will follow in the second part of this series of posts exclusively to Tamaratattles.com. Please be professional when referring to this post and provide the appropriate credit and links! Thanks.
Many of us felt that the tone Stanton’s book had the feel of a “scorned lover.” It is interesting to read the reason Cody cites for his breakup with Stanton.
Q. So you and Ms. Stanton met in roughly 2001. After you and she had a child together, did y’all continue to have a romantic or friendly relationship after that?
A. It’s crazy because I actually thought that Angela and Phaedra had an — I thought they was together.
Q. Like as a girlfriend?
A. Girlfriend. Yeah. And that was one of the reasons why me and Angela broke up. Because they was like real close, like closer than close.
Q. What made you — can you think of what made you come to the conclusion —
A. Phaedra’s birthday is in March or some time early in the year and I remember one time Angela and Phaedra, they spent the night out during Phaedra’s birthday and Angela spent the night at her house and they went on all these parties and wild parties and she didn’t come home for like a couple of days. I’m like, what y’all got going on. And so we got into an argument about that and about then it turned into an altercation and that was like one of our first breakups.
Q. Do you know if that was after the birth of your child?
A. No, it was Phaedra’s birthday and I don’t know her birthday, but if I recall — if I met Angela in January, Phaedra’s birthday is like March or April.
Q. So it was a couple months after you met?
A. Yeah. When we first initially met.
Q. And so you thought y’all were going steady or whatever?
Q. And then you –
A. Her and Phaedra was so close that, you know, I actually thought they was together like. Yeah.
Q. Right. Understood. And what about after that point, did you observe that they spent a lot of time together?
A. Yeah, they — they was like in business together. Like, basically, first it was with — they was doing like check fraud and Phaedra was like — Phaedra was like — she was a lawyer, so some kind of way I don’t know to the extent of what they were doing, but she was — they was hooked up with this dude named Justin. He was like gay. And they was like — that was Angela’s best friend. And some kind of way, they were hooked up with Phaedra, you know, and it was cool because, you know, we never really judged anybody, like, to each his own. But that’s what the situation that I came into that Angela was best friends with Justin and I thought that her and Phaedra had something going on which it really didn’t bother me. But I just thought that was the situation. So they was doing this whole check fraud thing and then the Feds came through and busted a whole bunch of people in the ring and stuff. And all I remember I was a manager at a bookstore at Eastern National Bookstore in Grant Park, and I had to end up quitting my job and leaving town because the Feds were on to Angela. So we had to move down to Albany with Angela’s aunty.
Q. How do you know that Ms. Parks was involved in that check fraud scheme?
A. Because she and Angela was real close. They was like on the phone every day. We would go out to Phaedra’s house in Marietta and they was just — and then Phaedra used to always give her legal advice on what to do and what not to do and stuff like that.
Q. Is all the stuff Phaedra was involved in is it just stuff Angela told you she was involved in or did you –
A. No, I know. The only reason Phaedra married Apollo is because they was all in on the these title frauds, they was all in it.
Q. Oh, title fraud.
A. That’s what they ended up doing. That’s what Apollo ended up getting locked up for. Phaedra married Apollo so he wouldn’t testify against her.
Q. Did you ever witness Phaedra talking about the check fraud or the title fraud?
Q. Can you think of the first time you heard her personally talking about it and that’s Ms. Parks?
A. All the time. Like, that’s what they — I mean, Phaedra was a lawyer, so it just wasn’t like that was her every day — she didn’t talk like, but definitely with Angela, I would say Angela would be on the phone and I would know Angela would be on the phone with Phaedra. And I think that Phaedra was the one supplying the information for checks. So some kind of way Phaedra was the one who introduced Angela to Apollo or vice versa or it was Angela the one who introduced, but when they was making the money — oh, okay. I know how I know. Every time they would go doing something from the checks, Angela would always pay Phaedra or get Phaedra some nice gifts or something like that in case she got in trouble. That’s how I know.
Q. You said you had gone to some parties or get togethers at Phaedra’s house?
Q. Do you remember where Phaedra lived?
A. She lived in Marietta. I just remember Phaedra house, she always had a whole bunch of pictures on her refrigerator. I remember this lady, she used to have like a refrigerator full of like pictures like that she had been and at this time, she was the entertainment lawyer for like Outkast and Mystical and that’s how they met. I take that back. Angela had a dude that she was talking to named DJ Drummer and that was — that was — Phaedra was representing him at the time. She was in entertainment law.
Q. Do you remember the street in Marietta where her house was on?
A. No. No.
Q. All right. Any time when y’all were — whenever you were at Ms. Parks’ house, did you ever observe her talking about –
A. I only went to her house like one time.
Q. Did you ever see her in person talking about any of the check fraud or the title fraud?
Q. Do you recall any specific times when you might have seen her talk about it?
A. I remember her talking about — I remember one time Angela got — no, I remember one time Angela had to catch a flight somewhere and she was pregnant. And I didn’t want her leaving because she was pregnant. And Phaedra was telling her, like, you know — like, basically, that she had to get this money and her and Apollo was going somewhere and Phaedra had furnished the plane ticket or something like that. And I was like, you know, why you doing this because you pregnant.
Q. That would have been some time right after January and –
A. Sometime in between the time Jayvien was born because I left shortly after that. So all this is in between January and October 9th, 2001.
Q. Everything we’re talking about, basically, happened within that –
A. That’s the only time me and Angela was ever together.
Q. That 2001 time frame?
A. Definitely it was in 2001.
A. Now, I don’t know when — when they caught the case of her and Apollo and all that, that was probably like after 2001 that they was doing all that. But I remember just, you know, between this period.
Q. Okay. When did you find out that Angela had been arrested or charged with being involved in the crimes?
A. I can — I don’t remember. I don’t know about the title fraud. I remember one time, though, we was out in North Mall of Georgia and Angela was writing checks that she had got from Phaedra and she got arrested. And she was pregnant. And then I was in contact with Phaedra and she was in contact with and Phaedra got her out of jail.
Q. So were you talking with Phaedra about the fact that Ms. Stanton had gotten caught?
A. Uh-huh. I had to call her and tell her what was going on.
Q. What do you recall what Phaedra said when you called her and told her what happened?
A. No, it’s been like 12 years ago, not verbatim. I can’t say.
Q. When you were calling her, were you calling her because Phaedra was Angela’s attorney or because they were partners in the enterprise?
A. Partners in the enterprise and her attorney.
Q. Other than what we talked about, do you recall any instances in which you heard Ms. Parks discussing any of these criminal enterprises, either the check fraud or the title fraud, you know, where she was acknowledging that she was a part of it?
A. Yeah. The check fraud?
A. I don’t really know about the title fraud. To the — I have — yeah, I have, but it’s just been so long ago, you know. I never thought that she would come back and bring this up; but, yeah, I definitely knew about her dealings in it. Now, when — as far as like when I heard her speak about it or what, you know, it’s been 12 years ago, so I can’t really —
Q. Did you socialize with Ms. Parks and Angela? Did y’all go out?
A. Yeah, we went out a couple of times. Yeah.
Q. Okay. Y’all would go out to like clubs or something around Atlanta?
A. No, clubs mostly.
Q. Sometime recently, were you contacted by Ms. Parks on Twitter?
A. Twitter, yeah.
Q. How did that come about?
A. I don’t know. I think she reached out to me or I reached out to her.
Q. Was it after she filed the lawsuit against Ms. Stanton?
A. I can’t remember. No. It was before she filed the lawsuit.
A. And, you know, I think I reached out to her. And I said that what Angela was doing wasn’t right or something like that, you know. And then she reached back out to me and was like telling — asking me did I know that she was trying to serve Angela with a subpoena and did I know the address and everything. You know, I was like, I ain’t getting into all of that, you know what I mean. Like I just — you know, I just felt like it wasn’t right. And she was like, you know, well, if I help her, she’ll help me. And — but, you know, nothing ever came from it. I think my ex-wife hacked into my Twitter account and gave Angela the password and she screen shot it and put it out on Twitter. After that it was like —
Q. Okay. Did you have a sense that Ms. Parks was trying to, I guess, get you to deny –
A. I had the sense that she was panicking.
Q. Did you —
A. She was like — she was telling me it was costing her a lot of money to keep on paying these lawyers for this litigation. And she was like she really — you know, it was really getting to be a headache. And then — so they had somebody contact me, I guess, you know, from her legal team, but, you know, like, it caused Angela a lot of — it was causing me a lot of friction between my son because I did that and because she was in contact with me, Angela stopped wanting to let me see my son.
Q. Okay. How old is your son now?
A. 12. So then when she started doing that, I just left it alone and now she’s, basically, telling me that I can see my son again if I give you information, so.
Q. Just to be clear, are you telling me that she told you what to tell me?
A. No. No. She knew I knew what was going on. She was mad at me and thought I was going to take Phaedra side. She was saying she was going to make this amount of money that was going to be like — was the money she was going to support her kids. And I’m taking food out of the kids’ mouth yadda, yadda, yadda, blah, blah, blah. I had a lot of time to think about it. I reconsidered, this ain’t helping her take care of her children since I’m not there to take care of my child, then I’ll do the right thing because it is the truth and who am I to question somebody’s attempt to make money, you know, so.
Q. Right. Just to be clear, you’re not telling me what you’re telling me today because you think that’s what I want to hear, right?
A. No, I could care less about what you want to hear. That’s the truth.
Q. Okay. Angela had mentioned something about her mother had been in a car accident?
Q. And you had some contact with Ms. Parks in that situation?
Q. What can you tell me about that? A. Her mother was in a — I don’t remember why, but Phaedra when she was working for Johnson & Freeman, she cut me a check because Jayvien my son had been in an accident and that’s the most public record that you can receive that.
Q. Your son had been in a car accident?
A. Angela was locked up on the case with Apollo because, you know, they were co-defendants on the same case.
A. And they was in jail. And so Phaedra represented her, but it was a conflict of interest to represent both of them. So she dropped Angela and I think that’s where a lot of the animosity came from.
Q. In the criminal case she dropped her?
A. Yeah. See, she had been — before Phaedra used to talk to Apollo, she used to talk to this dude named DJ Nubbs, a radio station, that was Phaedra’s boo and then Apollo came along and she wasn’t even really — I don’t know their relationship, but all I know right when the case came, all of a sudden she just popped up and married him. She was still dealing with DJ Nubbs and she popped up and married Apollo. Angela was like, dang, we been together. This is wild. You just got married on me and, you know, like then you just going to drop me on the case and you not going to come see me and it was like real deep scorn, you know, more than just like a friend trying to save her ass. She was hurt.
Q. Whenever you would see Angela and Phaedra together, were they like physically affectionate to each other?
A. Yeah, they kiss each other and hug each other.
Q. Was that something you saw just once or pretty frequently?
A. I mean, I seen it. I mean, I’m not a — I don’t judge. So it didn’t bother me, you know. I’m just a man that like women that like women, you know what I’m saying personally. So you know.
Q. That was okay with you?
A. Yeah, it was okay with me. But, you know, I just — I know that that’s what happened, like then she dropped them and then that’s what happened.
Q. She —
A. She dropped.
Q. Phaedra dropped Angela?
A. Angela. And then Angela didn’t have a lawyer and then Angela got all the time and then something about she went to the mother’s funeral, but she didn’t get to go, something like that. I don’t know what that qualm was, but I know then that’s when Phaedra popped up and married Apollo and then they got out. And I remember when they got out because I had to provide Angela housing and I had to help her get back with all of her kids because, you know, she had been separated and lost all her kids. And then her mother died and I guess she was expecting some kind of — you know, since she fell on the case for Phaedra, and Phaedra was helping her get the titles and stuff, that I guess she thought that it was a conflict of interest and Phaedra was trying to save her own ass, so.
Q. Angela felt like Phaedra should have somehow paid her back for taking the charges? A. Yeah.
Q. And not turning on Phaedra?
A. Not turning on Phaedra because she could have told them but she didn’t.
A. And I think this is her way of telling on her now.
Q. Other than what we talked about today, can you recall any specific instances when you were in Phaedra’s presence when you, you know, heard her talking about anything criminal or anything specific that you can recall any specific events that you can recall?
A. I can remember her giving Angela some checks and then Angela asking her what she wanted. And then Phaedra telling her a whole bunch of like office equipment and office furniture.
Q. You saw Phaedra giving Angela —
A. A list.
Q. — a list?
A. Of stuff to go get.
Q. Okay. To go buy with the fake checks?
Q. And I guess did you personally see Phaedra giving Angela that list?
Q. Okay. And again, that was in this between 13 January and October of 2001 time frame, right?
Q. Okay. And did you — I guess were you ever with Angela when she went to go purchase the supplies?
Q. Did you see her I guess after she — just so I understand, Angela would get fake checks from Phaedra and go buy things like office supplies?
Q. And computers?
Q. And then deliver them back to Phaedra?
Q. And did you witness Angela giving the items back to Phaedra that she had purchased?
Q. Do you remember where that —
A. Especially computers.
Q. Where did that transaction take place? Was it at Phaedra’s home or office?
A. I remember one time we met her up under The Varsity in The Varsity parking lot on North Avenue.
Q. And just like took the items out of one car?
A. Took the boxes out of one car and put them in another one.
Q. And Phaedra took possession of the items in her car?
Q. Do you remember what kind of car she was 20 driving?
A. I think she had like a little black BMW.
Q. Do you remember if there was anyone else with her?
A. It was a dude.
Q. Somebody you didn’t know?
A. Yeah. .