1986: At age 11, Nansi Masihi leaves Iran with her family. They spend three years in Germany before settling in Turlock.
1992: Tony Daniloo graduates from Turlock High School.
1994: Masihi meets Daniloo at the wedding of a mutual friend and graduates from Turlock High a month later.
1997: Daniloo is arrested on suspicion of rolling back odometers in 1995, in a scheme to sell used cars at inflated prices. Prosecutors drop the case on a technicality.
1998: Daniloo, working for an East Bay mortgage company, begins siphoning money from lenders and unsuspecting clients. Masihi files the first of three bankruptcies over the next four years.
JULY 1999: Daniloo and Masihi are married in Stanislaus County and live in Pleasanton. She eventually works as a medical assistant, then takes a receptionist job at a mortgage company.
2002: Nansi Daniloo works her way up to senior funder, auditing mortgage closing files before leaving to become a stay-at-home mother when their son is born.
EARLY 2003: Former clients file the first of many lawsuits against the couple.
DECEMBER 2003: Having moved to Turlock, Tony Daniloo creates DreamLife Financial, a Modesto lending firm specializing in subprime loans to people with poor credit. The company eventually opens seven branch offices. Daniloo uses the identity of an elderly Alzheimer's patient to buy homes occupied by his parents and his wife's parents.
FALL 2004: DreamLife draws attention for pledging $4.5 million to Turlock's Emanuel Medical Center and $1 million to California State University, Stanislaus.
DECEMBER 2004: DreamLife co-sponsors Modesto's holiday parade. The Bee documents the Daniloos' string of bankruptcies, late tax payments, résumé forgeries and lawsuits. DreamLife goes out of business. The couple are arrested. Nansi Daniloo posts bail and finds incriminating documents in a briefcase. She and her 2-year-old move in with her parents.
LATE 2006: Alameda County criminal charges against Nansi Daniloo are dismissed.
NOVEMBER 2006: Nansi Daniloo pays her husband a jailhouse visit for the first time since their arrest.
DECEMBER 2006: Tony Daniloo admits to running a multimillion-dollar fraud scheme and pleads guilty to 122 felony counts.
APRIL 4, 2007: Tony Daniloo is sentenced to 7½ years in federal prison and later agrees to repay victims $8 million.
JUNE: Nansi Daniloo files for divorce.
JAN. 14: The divorce becomes final. Masihi drops her married name.