While Apollo Nida is accused of being involved with a fraud scandal, his wife Phaedra Parks is currently suing a woman who claims she was the master mind behind the scam that landed Nida in jail the first time, according to Radar Online.
The woman, Angela Stanton, served time behind bars along with Nida and another business partner. Stanton has always maintained that The Real Housewives of Atlanta star was connected to the scheme that put Nida behind bars from 2004-2009, but was too smart and witty to ever get caught.
In a court document, Stanton said Parks and Nida "were making fraudulent insurance checks... we were all involved in the federal racketeering scheme against the federal government... Phaedra's schemes were clever and elaborate. She never ceased to astound each and every time she approached me with an assignment... I often found myself excited about learning her tricks of the trade. Phaedra was this crooked attorney who knew how to commute crimes against the federal government."
Stanton originally tried to tell her story to Vibe magazine back in May of 2012, but Parks shut that down with a lawsuit against the publication. She took legal action against Stanton herself later that year, requesting millions of dollars. A judge has yet to rule on that case.
Stanton also penned a book about the scheme, called Lies of a Real Housewife. The book is now part of evidence in Parks' case against Stanton.
When Stanton, Nida and the unnamed business partner were caught, Stanton said Parks promised to represent her in court, but never showed up for her arraignment.
"When the judge puts in a call for Phaedra, she tells the judge she won't be representing me due to conflict of interest. Maybe she got scared, maybe she thought I told tell. I couldn't understand why she had just totally and completely abandoned me," she said.
Parks continues to say that all of Stanton's allegations are false and libelous.
Since Nida's arrest on Jan. 24, 2014, Stanton released a statement. She said she hopes that Parks is not involved this time around.
"I read with sadness the news that Phaedra Parks' husband, Apollo Nida, was arrested for alleged schemes that are remarkably similar to those that lured me years ago...The story is all too familiar to me. I sincerely hope that Ms. Parks has not been part of his alleged crimes," she said.
She went on to say that she felt "vindicated" by Apollo's arrest considering Parks has done all she can to stop her from telling her story.
"Phaedra Parks has used her wealth and influence in an attempt to silence me. She filed lawsuits against my publisher, and threatened me with years of expensive litigation if they did not cease publication of my book...After going to prison and losing everything, my story was all I had left, and she took that from me," she added.
Nida's preliminary hearing is set for Feb. 12.