1968: At 19, Konstantinos ``Gus'' Boulis, a native of Greece, jumps ship in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and begins washing dishes at a Mr. Submarine restaurant. Within six months, he is partner.
1971: While in Canada, Boulis meets and marries Efrosino "Frances," a Greek immigrant. They would separate in 1976, and she would return to Greece and sue for a divorce that was never finalized.
1977: After opening almost 200 Mr. Submarine shops, Boulis sells his interest, moves to Key West and opens a string of restaurants including Perry's, the Quay and Captain Bob's.
1980: Boulis forms a fast-food company that eventually becomes Miami Subs. The company would expand to 16 states, Puerto Rico, Peru, the Dominican Republic and Ecuador.
1994: Boulis founds SunCruz with a single ship in Key Largo. It would become the largest casino ship business in Florida, attracting opposition from the Florida attorney general and the city of Hollywood.
February 1997: City of Hollywood negotiates with Boulis to build a high-rise hotel and shops on city-owned beachfront Casino property. The deal is never sealed.
March 1997: Boulis becomes an American citizen.
Aug. 3, 1998: Federal authorities file a sealed, civil complaint against Boulis, alleging he purchased some of his SunCruz gambling boats before he became a U.S. citizen.
Feb. 10, 2000: Case settled; Boulis agrees to divest himself of SunCruz within 36 months and permanently stay out of the floating-casino business.
Sept. 27, 2000: Boulis sells SunCruz to Washington, D.C., players Adam Kidan, Jack Abramoff and Ben Waldman for $147.5 million, following a protracted nine-day closing in Manhattan. Boulis keeps a silent 10 percent interest, accepting a $20 million promissory note in lieu of the $23 million cash down payment. This transaction later becomes the focus of the grand jury's inquiry.
Dec. 5, 2000: Relationship sours between Boulis and the buyers. Kidan and Boulis accuse each other of lying, cheating and trying to steal from each other. Kidan alleges Boulis stabbed him with a pen and tells reporters Boulis is trying to kill him.
Feb. 6, 2001: Boulis is ambushed and shot to death gangland-style while driving home from his office in Fort Lauderdale. No suspects arrested.
June 2001: Boulis estate links Kidan to organized crime figures in lawsuit filed in Broward Circuit Court.
June 22, 2001: Kidan places SunCruz in bankruptcy; Boulis estate buys out Kidan, assumes control of the company.
May 2002: Lenders Foothill Capital and Citadel first raise fraud allegations in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
November 2002: Federal grand jury investigation begins into SunCruz sale and financing.
April 7, 2003: The Boulis estate is removed from SunCruz after a federal appeals court rules its dual role as the company's manager and creditor poses a conflict of interest.
Sept. 5, 2003: Attorney Jeffrey Beck appointed bankruptcy trustee.
Feb. 20, 2004: Bankruptcy judge approves $36.1 million sale to a group led by Boulis' nephew, Spiros Naos.
Aug. 11, 2005: Federal grand jury indicts Kidan and Abramoff for wire and mail fraud.
Sept. 27, 2005: Fort Lauderdale police announce arrests of three men in gangland-style killing of Boulis. Anthony Ferrari was taken into custody at his North Miami Beach home on Monday night. Detectives arrested Anthony Moscatiello, 67, at his Howard Beach home in New York, also on Monday. A third man, 28-year-old James Fiorillo, was arrested Tuesday in Palm Coast, just north of Daytona Beach.
Sources: Court documents, South Florida Sun-Sentinel archives, police, news reports and Staff Researcher Barbara Hijeck contributed to this report.