January 30, 2013 at 11:50 am

Timeline of former Justice Hathaway's troubles

2709 Butler Bay Drive, Windermere, Fla. (Phelan M. Ebenhack)

January 1999: Michael Kingsley buys 4,245-square-foot home in Windermere, Fla., a golf course country club community on the outskirts of Orlando.

September 2001: Then-Wayne County Circuit Judge Diane Hathaway and her husband, Michael Kingsley, get a $1.475 million mortgage for a home at 15834 Lakeview Court in Grosse Pointe Park, overlooking Lake St. Clair.

November 2008: Diane Hathaway elected to the Michigan Supreme Court.

March 2010: Hathaway quitclaim deeds the Florida home — valued at $664,682 in 2010 — to stepdaughter Kathryn Sterr for $10. Sterr never lived in the house during two years of ownership.

April 2010: Hathaway buys home at 15812 Windmill Pointe in Grosse Pointe Park for $168,000 with money from a cash-out retirement fund.

Sept. 15, 2010: Hathaway transfers the Windmill Pointe home to stepson Michael Kingsley Jr.

Oct. 10, 2010: Hathaway and Kingsley list the Lakeview Court home for $1.2 million.

Oct. 23, 2010: Hathaway, a licensed real estate broker since 1987, takes a continuing education course in short sales and foreclosures from NCI Associates in Shelby Township.

Dec. 14, 2010: Hathaway and Kingsley submit an application for a short sale on Lakeview Court claiming substantially reduced income, "serious personal issues," savings drained to make house payments, maintain property, pay taxes and defend Kingsley in a lawsuit related to his law practice.

March 2011: Hathaway gives stepdaughter Sarah Kingsley $195,000 from a retirement fund to buy a home at 1030 Balfour St. in Grosse Pointe Park. Hathaway did not disclose the asset to the bank.

June 2011: ING Direct inquires to Hathaway and Kingsley's attorney about the homes on Windmill Pointe and in Florida. They deny ownership.

Oct. 12, 2011: ING Direct approves Hathaway and Kingsley for an $850,000 short sale on the Lakeview Court home, on which they owe about $1.4 million. The short sale averts a sheriff's sale set for Nov. 10.

Nov. 7, 2011: Hathaway and Kingsley sell the Lakeview Court home in a short sale for $850,000.

Dec. 1, 2011: Stepdaughter Sarah Kingsley deeds the Balfour Street home to Hathaway, where the justice currently resides.

March 8, 2012: Kathryn Sterr transfers the Florida home back to her father and Hathaway.

May 9, 2012: WXYZ (Channel 7) first to air report about Hathaway's real estate transactions.

Summer and fall 2012: FBI and Judicial Tenure Commission investigate Hathaway's real estate transactions.

Nov. 13, 2012: U.S. Attorney's Office in Detroit files civil forfeiture lawsuit against the Florida home, alleging they transferred the house temporarily to Sterr to hide the asset from ING Direct during the short sale approval process.

Nov. 30, 2012: Hathaway and Kingsley file a court claim to defend their home from seizure, claiming they saved the bank $150,000 by negotiating a short sale.

Dec. 21, 2012: Hathaway files paperwork to retire Jan. 21, 2013; retirement records notarized in Orange County, where her Florida home is.

Jan. 7: Judicial Tenure Commission files six-count complaint against Hathaway alleging she committed bank fraud, tax fraud, money laundering and misled investigators. Hours after the commission calls on the Supreme Court to suspend her, Hathaway announces her Jan. 21 retirement date and does not return to the bench for court sessions.

Jan. 18: U.S. Attorney's Office in Detroit files "criminal information" felony bank fraud charge against Hathaway, accusing her of concealing and transferring assets to relatives to get mortgage lender ING Direct to grant her a financial hardship for a short sale.

Jan. 21: Hathaway resigns.

Jan. 22: Attorney General Bill Schuette files a complaint against Hathaway with the Attorney Grievance Commission, questioning her ability to remain a licensed attorney.

Jan. 29: Hathaway appears in U.S. District Court in Ann Arbor and pleads guilty to bank fraud.

15834 Lakeview Court, Grosse Pointe Park (David Guralnick / The Detroit News)
15812 Windmill Pointe Drive, Grosse Pointe Park (David Guralnick / The Detroit News)
1030 Balfour St., Grosse Pointe Park (David Guralnick / The Detroit News)