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Lake Station Mayor, Wife Indicted

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April 16, 2014 — United States Attorney David Capp announced today two indictments of Keith Soderquist, the Mayor of Lake Station.

The first indictment charges Soderquist, age 44, and his wife, Deborah Soderquist, age 55, who was employed as the administrative assistant to Mayor Soderquist.

In a statement, the indictments allege a conspiracy between Keith and Deborah Soderquist to commit wire fraud in connection with financial transactions involving the Mayor’s campaign finance account and the Lake Station Food Pantry account.

These accounts were allegedly utilized by the Soderquists to obtain cash for personal expenses, including gambling activities at casinos in Indiana and Michigan.

The indictment also charges both Keith and Deborah Soderquist with filing false tax returns for the years 2010, 2011 and 2012 because they did not disclose the money they took from the campaign and food pantry account for their own personal uses.

The second indictment names Keith Soderquist, Deborah Soderquist, and Miranda Brakley, age 33, a former employee of Lake Station. Brakley is charged in Count 1 of the second indictment with theft of funds from Lake Station from August 1, 2011 through July 31, 2012. Brakley is also charged in Count 2 with bankruptcy fraud for failing to disclose certain payments received from Lake Station on her bankruptcy schedules.

Keith and Deborah Soderquist are charged in Count 3 of the second indictment for being accessories after the fact by allegedly assisting the former employee.

United States Attorney David Capp stated, “These indictments are part of this office’s ongoing public corruption investigation. Today’s indictments were the result of an extensive investigative effort by the FBI, IRS and ISP. This investigative team will continue to investigate allegations of abuse of the public trust.”

The Soderquists and Brakley are expected to surrender to authorities at the Hammond federal courthouse Thursday morning.

Source: United States Attorney’s Office Northern District of Indiana

 

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