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.
Parks has never been charged and insists all of Stanton’s claims are the “libelous rantings of a bitter woman.” But several other individuals offered up statements with similar allegations.
Angela Stanton’s sister-in-law Regina Matthews gave an affidavit and said that she,
“Facilitated numerous three-way phone calls between myself, Stanton, and Parks when Stanton was in prison beginning in March 2004. Angela would call me from prison and I would then call Phaedra and allow them to talk … almost daily. I distinctly remember Angela and Phaedra discussing ‘their business’ together during those phone calls. I also heard Phaedra inquire as to what Angela had told the police before, during, and after her arrest.”
Stanton’s ex-boyfriend, Justin Cody claimed he knew that Parks and Stanton were,
”Like in business together … doing like check fraud.”
When Cody was asked had he “heard Ms. Parks discussing these criminal enterprises?” He responded,
“Yeah the check fraud … I don’t really know about the title fraud. I remember one time … we was out in North Mall of Georgia and Angela was writing checks that she had got from Phaedra and she got arrested. And then I was in contact with Phaedra and she was in contact with Phaedra and Phaedra got her out of jail.”
Cody also said that he personally saw Phaedra giving Stanton a list of items to go buy with the fake checks.
When asked if he was with Angela Stanton when she purchased the supplies for Parks and then delivered them back to Phaedra, Cody said yes.
Another one of Stanton’s boyfriends, a man named Leonard Holland claimed to have knowledge of the auto scam. Saying,
“They had some type of thing where they would steal cars. I think Everett would steal the cars and Angela would go sell them. And the paperwork was provided by Ms. Parks. You know, she knew the ins and outs on what to do. I think like the titles and the paperwork for the titles. Mrs. Parks had some kind of connection where she could get that information because you had to go get the keys. The way the scheme worked was, you would use I believe the title to go to the dealership to get the keys. And Ms. Parks was able to provide that information.”
When Holland was asked about whether or not he ever observed the two women doing business he answered,
“Oh yeah, clearly. I was there. I can’t remember how many, but you know, more than two meetings I was there with all of us present where, you know, basically Phaedra was just mapping out how it was supposed to go. Everybody was participating in that, you know, what to do, what was needed, stuff like that. … I was actually there with Angie picking up some of the paperwork from Phaedra. I was there for that.”
Stanton also spoke on recieving death threats since the book came out. In the deposition she said,
“I was receiving death threats. [Apollo Nida's co-conspirator in his alleged fraud scheme], Everett Tripodis had called my home personally. I have no idea how he found out where I live at. I was afraid. I knew this case was serious. I knew that a lot of stuff was getting ready to come to light, and I felt as if my life was being threatened. Even now I still feel the same way, and was just talking to my attorney about why Ms. Parks had to have my personal address [to serve the lawsuit]. I still feel that something may happen.”
There is no information regarding if Stanton ever called police to report the alleged threats on her life or even if there is any proof available to substantiate her claims.
Phaedra has consistently called Stanton’s claims about her masterminding these crimes “libelous” and is currently still suing her for defamation.
This is a whole lot to take in. But if Phaedra is to lose her defamation case against Stanton…we can’t help but wonder if the FEDS are going to start looking at her in closer in Apollo’s Nida’s current bank fraud and identity theft case.
We’ll reserve judgment until we hear Phaedra’s side…but if she doesn’t present some solid evidence that this woman is telling lies on her..and soon…it’s not going to look too good for everyone’s favorite southern belle.
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