Tamara Tattles can confirm that Apollo Nida’s days as a free man are rapidly dwindling. Yesterday, Gayla St. Julien took a plea deal for five years and one month in prison.
According to the AJC’s Rodney Ho, “In U.S. District Court Wednesday, Nida’s co-conspirator Gayla St. Julien pled guilty to conspiracy to commit mail, wire and bank fraud and aggravated identity theft, resulting in a 61-month prison sentence. St. Julien worked with Nida from 2009 until 2013.”
Essentially my understanding of what happened on Monday was that Apollo appeared in court to waive his right to indictment and consented to prosecution by information . Remember when Phaedra told Andy that it was a complaint and not an indictment? Well, an indictment is when the prosecutor brings in to court witnesses and evidence to provide sufficient proof of their case to warrant a trial. If a person waives indictment and agrees to consent to prosecution by information, it means they are intending to plead guilty. By saving the prosecutor and the court the expense of indictment, they generally get a downward departure in their plea deal of a certain amount of time. If he were going to plead not guilty, he would have wanted the witnesses to testify in an indictment proceeding in hopes of tripping up witnesses in a later trial.
According to AJC’s Rodney Ho the following new information was amended to the initial complaint:
“According to the updated complaint filed this past Monday, Nida created two fake collection agencies to gain access to databases “in order to obtain unlimited access to the personal identifiers of others.”
Allegedly, he then:
- rented dozens of mailboxes at UPS stores and other places under various aliases, including the names of identity theft victims.
- created counterfeit drivers’ licenses and other ID, applied for and received unclaimed funds from state governments impersonating the true owners.
- applied and received refunds due former homeowners from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
- purchased checks, including U.S. Treasury checks, from others knowing they were stolen and fraudulently obtained.
- created fake auto dealerships to obtain auto loan approvals using stolen identities.
- opened personal and business accounts at financial institutions using stolen identities to launder stolen and fraudulently obtained proceeds.”
So essentially in court on Monday it appears that Apollo acknowledged all of that information and is in continued negotiations with the prosecutors for a plea deal.
Remember that St. Julien rolled over on Apollo as the “bigger fish” in order to reduce her sentence. If her sentence was REDUCED to 61 months of prison time, we can expect Apollo to get a much more significant sentence as the bigger fish. The fact that the Feds amended the initial complaint would also to appear to increase his time. Unless he has someone he is willing to roll over on (um, whoever could that be?). He is looking at a lot of time.
His charges prior to Monday were Embezzlement (10 year max) , Bank Fraud (30 year max), Aggravated Identity Theft (automatically adds 2 years to Bank Fraud sentence) , and Conspiracy (from how I read it, it doubles whatever the sentence for Bank Fraud he is given) . You can read all the details of the initial charges on Tamara Tattles here. The amended complaint doesn’t seem to have new charges, just more proof for the prosecutors regarding the severity of the four initial charges. You can find all the posts about Apollo’s charges and recent behavior here.
What I still find odd is why someone on parole was not immediately taken back to prison upon arrest, and even more odd is the low bail. To me this indicates that he is trying to inform on someone.
So it looks like no court tomorrow/today/Friday. Probably. This whole case is odd. Apollo has waived his preliminary hearing, and his indictment. There is another shoe to drop, stay tuned.