Lake Station mayor, wife indicted; Accused of stealing money from food pantry
The mayor of Lake Station, Indiana and his wife are free on bond after being indicted on charges they misused campaign funds and stole money from a local food pantry.
Keith Soderquist and his wife Deborah Soderquist surrendered to federal authorities in Hammond Thursday morning.
The couple is accused of taking $18,500 from his election campaign and an undisclosed amount from the food pantry account.
They’re believed to have used the money to gamble at casinos.
The couple is also accused of helping Soderquist’s step-daughter, Miranda Brakley, avoid arrest after she allegedly stole $5,000 from the Lake Station City Court.
She is accused of theft and bankruptcy fraud in a separate indictment.
Soderquist was elected mayor in 2008 and was re-elected in 2012.
His defense attorney says the allegations are untrue.