We don’t know what is true here or what may be a result of a friendship turned sour… but according to Radar Online, a book was written that accused “Real Housewives Of Atlanta” star Phaedra Parks of “masterminding” a fraud ring that included bank fraud and car theft. This was written and published prior to her husband Apollo Nida’s recent arrest for both of these charges.
Radar Online reports that Angela Stanton,(the supposed former friend of Phaedra Parks) claims that after she wrote a book accusing the RHOA star of running a fraud ring, not only was she slammed with a defamation lawsuit from Parks but she also received anonymous death threats!
In her book “Lies of a Real Housewife” Stanton claimed that Parks was the mastermind of a fake check and bank fraud ring several years ago.
Phaedra sued Stanton for defamation after the book was published. But now, because of the lawsuit, even more details about Parks’ alleged shady business practices have emerged in depositions for the case.
Stanton gave a deposition on February 4, 2014, that centered around the claims in her supposedly “libelous” book.
Stanton claimed to have met Parks in 1998 or 1999. Per Stanton,
“Her and I became friends, we were close. She became close to my family. I kind of looked up to her like a mentor.”
After knowing one another for over a year Stanton admitted,
“There was criminal activity involved in our relationship.”
Angela told the court that she and Phaedra became business associates in a scheme involving,
“Fraudulent bank accounts, insurance checks, fake IDs, chop shops, stolen cars, fraudulent titles, fraudulent registration cards.
I recall a conversation in regards to things that [Parks] had going on. Things that she was doing, how I could make money. I was a single mother with a bunch of children. I looked at it as an opportunity and I jumped on the bandwagon.”
Stanton claimed that the first scams that she and Parks ever pulled revolved around,
“Fake checks. The purchasing of electronics, laptop computers, Palm Pilots, jewelry, DVD players, desktop computers. Basically, there were conversations between her and I where there were orders placed for things that [Parks] wanted or things that she needed for whatever. She would make a list of the things that she needed. I would take those things. I would pick up the list in addition to fraudulent checks, and I’d ride around all day going to different stores and I’d write checks and I’d collect the items that she needed, and I’d bring them back to her.”
Stanton alleged that Parks taught her,
“That basically, if you had a business check, that anybody could write on a business check. … the name didn’t have to match. The checks would always go through.”
Angela told the attorneys that Phaedra allowed her to take about 50 of the checks for her own personal use and that Parks also allegedly promised to act as her attorney if she was caught!
Stanton eventually got caught and served four months in prison for the check fraud. She admitted that after getting out she but went back to scamming.
“It was something different this time. I recall [Phaedra] telling me that it was time for me to be promoted, that she had something else for me to do. And this is when the fraudulent bank accounts came in. More fake IDs, fraudulent checks, this was another scheme. [Around 2001] from what I recall, I had to give Phaedra a passport picture of myself. I flew to Maryland, went to the DMV, got an ID card in the [fake[ name of Tyra Evans. Once we got back home, Phaedra … gave me, I believe it was, $500, and told me to take the ID and go open up a bank account.
From there I was told that the bank account had to sit for approximately 30 days. After the bank account sit, I got a telephone call from [Parks' husband] Apollo. They had a check that was ready for me to deposit into the account. The check was made out to the alias, Tyra Evans, and it was in the amount of $23,000. I rolled with Apollo to the bank and we deposited the check into the bank. It cleared five days later. Where the check came from, I don’t know.”
Stanton was jailed again in 2001 and this time for several months. Apollo Nida was also arrested during that time.
“The car scheme involved fake identification cards, fake registration cards, going to different luxury car dealerships with the ID and a registration card. Basically, you would go to the car lot the day before and look at the cars. And whichever car that you see that was on the list of a car they wanted to get, you write down the VIN number.
Someone else involved in the scam would make a registration card saying that I was the particular owner of that vehicle to match whatever ID was on whatever scam it was at that time.
You go back to the dealership and tell them that you lost your key to your car, and for $65 they’ll cut a key to the same vehicle. But the vehicle is actually still on the lot, [so] you would go to a different dealership. Come back when the car lot’s closed, drive off with the car. They take the car to the chop shop, change the VIN numbers. Meet them the next day, they give me titles for the state of Ohio. Go to the DMV office swap out those titles. We were being watched, and soon, I was arrested along with associate Everett Tripodis in 2004.”
Stanton claimed that her relationship with Parks ended when Parks refused to represent her.