After much speculation, Real Housewives of Atlanta‘s Apollo Nida has been sentenced to 8 years behind bars in federal prison for pleading guilty to federal fraud charges; cashing stolen checks and laundering more than $2.3 million through fraudulent bank accounts.

The 35 year old Reality TV Star was also ordered to pay restitution to victims of a $2.3 million scheme during his sentencing hearing in U.S. District Court in Atlanta, reports a source. TMZ reports:

The judge who sentenced him today in a Georgia court said Nida did indeed cooperate with federal investigators by spilling criminal secrets … and that’s why he got leniency.

The site adds that Nida could have been locked up for 30 years. On May 6, Nida pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit mail, wire and bank fraud.