07/08/2014 05:12 pm ET Updated Jul 10, 2014

'Housewives' Star Apollo Nida Sentenced To 8 Years In Prison

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Apollo Nida just got an enormous break for singing like a canary ... he got 1/4 the maximum sentence for a massive money fraud scheme.

Nida -- who appears on "Real Housewives of Atlanta" with wife Phaedra Parks -- was just sentenced to 8 years in federal prison for cashing stolen checks and laundering more than $2.3 mil through phony bank accounts.

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