2000: Troy Kelley, an attorney and businessman, is fired as general counsel of First American Title Insurance in California and moves to Tacoma. He starts the first of several businesses in Washington.
2002: Kelley launches United National, a firm that operates under the name Post Closing Department, to handle mortgage and financing paperwork for real-estate companies.
2006: Kelley elected to Washington House of Representatives as a Democrat representing Pierce County’s 28th District.
2008: Customers file class-action lawsuits against Fidelity National Title and Old Republic Title, two firms that contracted Post Closing Company to handle transaction paperwork. Kelley re-elected to state House; closes United National/Post Closing Department.
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2010: Old Republic Title files federal lawsuit against Kelley, alleging he misappropriated $1.2 million in processing fees from its customers. Kelley is elected to third term in state House.
2011: Kelley secretly settles lawsuit with Old Republic Title for $1.15 million.
2012: Kelley elected Washington state auditor after a bitter campaign in which his opponent accused him of wrongdoing based on the Old Republic allegations.
April 2013: IRS criminal-investigation agents question Kelley about his businesses.
February 2015: Federal grand jury subpoenas a former Post Closing Department employee.
March 16: Federal investigators search Kelley’s Tacoma home. Earlier in the month, the grand jury had subpoenaed records from the Auditor’s Office.
April 15-16: Grand jury indictment unsealed. Kelley pleads not guilty to 10 criminal counts, including theft, tax evasion and obstruction.
Sources: United States vs. Troy Kelley indictment; Troy Kelley campaign website www.troykelley.com and official press statements; Seattle Times archives and reporting