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

ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 26:  'Real Housewives of Atlanta' cast member Phaedra Parks (right) and Apollo Nida attend Cirque du So
ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 26: 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' cast member Phaedra Parks (right) and Apollo Nida attend Cirque du Soleil TOTEM Premiere at Atlantic Station on October 26, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Cirque du Soleil)

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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