Meet Gayla St. Julien, the women who alleges that The Real Housewives of Atlanta husband, Apollo E. Nida is her partner in crime. Seems that Ms. St Julien has a long history of fraud and identity theft. According to court documents, Ms. St. Julien spent some time in the big house and upon her release went right back to her fraudulent ways.
ST. JULIEN BACKGROUND
According to a NCIC query of ST. JULIEN, she has prior fraud and identity theft convictions: Degree Forgery on 05/25/88 in Fulton County (GA) and a federal conviction for Title 18 USC 922(G)(1) (Felon Possession of Firearm), 1028(A)(5) (ID Fraud), 1029(A)(3) (Access Device Fraud), and 408(A)(7)(C) (SSN Number Fraud) on 08/29/03 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada. Details of her latest case are included below, as they show a pattern for some of her recent criminal conduct described herein which occurred after she was released from custody.
Federal agents began investigating St. Julien in early 2012 and concluded in late 2013. The agent investigating St. Julien alleges she was opening bank accounts under stolen identities to commit bank and check fraud. At the close of the investigation in 2013 approximately 40 bank accounts (see complete list starting on page 19), were tied to St. Julien. During their investigation, federal investigators identified two fake debt-collection businesses used to “illicitly obtain personal identifying information of individuals.”
Authorities state that LexisNexis and Equifax database inquiries were used to steal identities. According to St. Julien, Nida would allegedly steal real people’s personal information from the LexisNexis and Equifax databases and have St. Julien impersonate them to open bank accounts in which she deposited fraudulent and stolen checks. St. Julien who was arrested on Sept. 11, 2013 by the Secret Service, implicated Nida as the man who orchestrated many of the alleged fraudulent schemes, stating she began working with Nida in 2009.
According to Gayla’s court documents, her crime spree stretched from Florida to Texas, the below excerpt was taken directly from the filed in the Northern District Court of George (read the complete case documents below).
…the defendant(s) did knowingly and wilfully execute and attempt to execute a scheme to defraud federally insured financial institutions by depositing stolen and fraudulently obtained checks and fraudulently obtained auto loan proceeds into bank accounts opened in the stolen identities of real persons, and launder scheme proceeds through other accounts also opened i n stolen identities of real persons, often using the mails, other interstate carriers, and interstate wire communications to obtain the stolen names and personal identifiers used to execute said scheme to defraud; and conspire with others to do so; and knowingly convert to her use and the use of others over half a million dollars in stolen and fraudulently obtained United States Treasury Checks, in violation of Title 18 United States Code, Sectionfs) 641.1028 (A). 1341.1343.1344.1349.. 1956. and 1957.
The court documents list embezzlement, theft and conversion of public money, bank fraud, aggravated identity theft, mail fraud, conspiracy, and money laundering charges. That is quiet the laundry list of charges! The bank fraud charges carry a penalty of up to 30 years, with an additional 2 years added for the identity theft charges and embezzlement carries a 10 year maximum penalty.
The criminal complaint details Apollo Nida’s and Gayla St. Julien’s alleged criminal enterprises. It’s bad folks, real bad, like $3 million dollars or more bad! See detailed amounts starting on page 19 of the court documents below
What is interesting reading through the court documents is that the criminal enterprise described is eerily similar to what Angela Stanton described in her book Lies of a Real Housewife. So maybe, just maybe, there is some truth to Angela’s allegations.
According to the folks at Pacer, Apollo’s court documents should be available on-line Monday. We’ll bring you those as soon as we have access. It’s important to note that these charges are at the moment tied only to St. Julien, once the court documents are made available for Apollo, we’ll know what he has been charged with.
Update 1/25/2014 2:59PM PST: Apollo’s first court date has been set for February 12
St. Julien has accepted a plea and is awaiting sentencing. Information from court records indicates that she may have had a change of attorney(s) on January 9, 2014. It also appears that shortly after her September 23, 2013 arrest that Gayla waived her indictment (October 16, 2013), and started cooperating with investigators.
Things aren’t looking good in Atlanta, St. Julien supposedly wore a wire while speaking with Apollo. It’s alleged that Apollo implicated other The Real Housewives of Atlanta husbands and cast members in those recordings.
Tell us what you think. Do you believe Apollo Nida is Gayla St. Julien’s partner in crime as she alleges?