Lake Station Mayor: Someone’s Trying To Frame Me
July 30, 2014 — The lawyer for Lake Station Mayor Keith Soderquist is calling for further investigation over what he said are attempts to frame his client.
Scott King said in a fax’ed news release Tuesday that Soderquist discovered an invoice charging a lumber purchase to the city account in the name of Soderquist Construction, a company that King says doesn’t exist. King says Soderquist found the invoice dated June 26th, 2014, while preparing documents earlier this month for submission to the Lake Station Board of Works for payment. King says Menards identified the clerk who handled the sale… and he asked the Porter County Sheriff’s Police to investigate.
King said in the past several months his office had been made aware of other instances of false statements regarding Soderquist being made in public and in private, and he believes that some can be traced to political rivals of the mayor.
Soderquist and his wife, Deborah, are charged with stealing money from the Lake Station Food Pantry — which receives city and state tax dollars as well as donations — and the mayor’s campaign fund for their personal use between 2010 and 2012.