According to US Weekly Federal prosecutors allege that, beginning in 2009, Nida and his co-conspirators stole and obtained checks, filed fraudulent tax returns, and made fraudulent claims against the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in at least 11 states. They are also charged with taking out phony auto loans. The group reportedly laundered the money by stealing people's identities and opening bank accounts in their names. One of the co-conspirators, Gayla St. Julien, was arrested in September 2013, and identified Nida in connection with the crimes. Nida was questioned by U.S. Marshals back in January. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, he could face up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million (on top of restitution). A sentencing hearing has been set for July.