*Apollo Nida just caught a break from the Atlanta courts.
A judge has granted his request to delay his identity theft and fraud trial until March, reports Radar Online.
In court documents that were filed on February 14 and obtained by Radar, a federal judge wrote, “The Court finds that the ends of justice served by granting the motion to continue outweighs the public’s and defendant’s interest in a speedy trial. Specifically, this delay will allow the parties time necessary to discuss a resolution of the allegations.”
*Another “Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast member has been swept up in the drama surrounding the arrest of Phaedra Parks’ husband, Apollo Nida, on multiple counts of fraud and identity theft.
Over the weekend, her co-star Cynthia Bailey denied new reports that her husband, Nida’s friend Peter Thomas, was also part of the alleged scam.
“I can’t speak on Apollo, but I can say that Peter Thomas doesn’t have anything to do with a bank fraud scandal to my knowledge,” Bailey told Jet magazine. “The feds are not sitting outside of our house. That is just not accurate information …”
*Apollo Nida is trying to delay his criminal hearing as he and his wife, “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Phaedra Parks, continue to maintain he is innocent of several federal charges, including identity theft, conspiracy and bank fraud.
Radar Online reports that Apollo filed a motion pleading with a federal judge to postpone his criminal hearing. In court documents filed on February 10, Nida asks for “an extension of time up to and including March 25, 2014.”
The delay “will allow the parties sufficient time to discuss a potential resolution of this case,” such as a settlement, the documents explain. He also wants more time to go over the government’s case against him before deciding whether to proceed with trial or accept some kind of a deal.
Amanda Zieminski, 27, and Clyde Forteau, 29, pose during a trip to Disney World they funded with over 80 senior citizen’s social security money through an identity theft scheme.
*Identity theft is becoming more successful as we become a more cyber-centered global community.
But, the success rate of these type of criminals diminishes as authorities fight fire with fire.
A New York couple, Amanda Zieminski, 27, and Clyde Forteau, 29, an aspiring rapper that goes by C-Money CEO, prepared to build a life for themselves after stealing thousands of dollars from senior citizens through an identity theft crime ring.
They were building their future on over 80 stolen social security cards they stole from elderly patients in a Staten Island medical center where Zieminski was once employed, according to ABC News.
*Morris Chestnut has joined rapper T.I. in the cast of Universal‘s “Identity Thief.”
The Seth Gordon-directed caper comedy is about a successful man whose life is ruined when a women steals his identity.
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Chestnut will play a Boston police detective. He joins Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy, T.I. and Genesis Rodriguez.
Chestnut was recently seen in “Think Like A Man” and FX’s “American Horror Story.”
*According to Deadline, rapper-turned-actor T.I. (Tip Harris) will play a bounty hunter in “Identity Theft.”
The Universal Pictures comedy stars Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy.
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The plot goes like this: T.I.’s character hunts both of them, as Bateman’s character becomes an unlikely companion for McCarthy’s character after she steals his identity.
Meanwhile, the King of the South is co-starring in Kelsey Grammer’s series “Boss” on the Starz network, as well as the second season of his own VH1 series “Family Hustle.”
Last year T.I. starred in the box office “Takers” from Screen gems.