'Housewives Star' Apollo Nida Sure, I'll Be A Rat For The Government

5/7/2014 12:01 PM PDT

Apollo Nida Plea Deal -- 'RHOA' Star: Sure, I'll Be A Rat For The Government


Apollo Nida made a deal with the feds that has landed many an informant in concrete shoes.

Nida copped a plea Tuesday to wire and bank fraud, and TMZ has learned under the terms of the deal he agreed to act in an "undercover investigative capacity" for the feds.

Here's what we don't understand ... the plea deal is now available to the public, so what idiot is going to spill his guts to Nida now?

It gets even weirder.  Nida has agreed to allow the feds to record conversations he may have with other criminal suspects.  Again, it's like screaming through a bullhorn, "Don't talk to that dude!"

Nida stole the identities of more than 50 people and laundered more than $2.3 million ... so the government claims.

Nida could be sentenced to 30 years in prison, but that's worst case scenario.   The judge will formally sentence him in July.

Hopefully, real life snitching will work out better for Nida than it did on "The Sopranos."