Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Lake Station Mayor And Wife Indicted For Using Food Pantry And Campaign Funds To Feed Gambling Addiction

Lake StatiMayor Keith Soderquist March 15 2011. | Sun-Times Media
Lake Station Mayor Keith Soderquist (D)

The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana announced an 11-count indictment today against Lake Station Mayor Keith Soderquist (D) and his wife, Deborah, accusing the couple of using at least $104,000 in campaign funds and money from the city's food pantry for personal use, including money spent gambling at casinos in Indiana and Michigan. A second complaint against the couple alleges they became accessories after the fact by aiding Mayor Soderquist's step-daughter, Miranda Brakley, in the theft of $5,000 from the Lake Station City Court. The Gary Post-Tribune has more:
According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s office, 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 used 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, according to the release.
The second indictment names Keith Soderquist, 44, Deborah Soderquist, 55, and Miranda Brakley, 33, a former employee of Lake Station. Brakley is charged with theft of funds from Lake Station from Aug. 1, 2011 through July 31, 2012. Brakley is also charged with bankruptcy fraud for failing to disclose certain payments received from Lake Station on her bankruptcy schedules, the press release said.
Keith and Deborah Soderquist are charged in the second indictment for being accessories after the fact. The last count alleges that Keith and Deborah Soderquist structured a series of financial transactions in order to avoid the reporting requirements under federal law, the press relase said. The indictment alleges that in December 2012, the Soderquists obtained $15,000 from an individual. They instructed that individual to write three checks in amounts less than $10,000 (the reporting requirement under federal law) and to back date two of those checks. From Dec. 8-12, 2012, those checks were cashed at different branches of JP Morgan Chase bank, the press release said.
U.S. Attorney David Capp's press release indicated that today's indictments involved the joint efforts of the FBI, IRS and Indiana State Police. The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Joshua Kolar and Philip Benson according to Capps. Former Gary Mayor Scott King has been retained to represent Soderquist.


Anonymous said...

Say it isn't so! -another Corrupt Democrat!

"Corruption is as Corruption does."

-The Democrat Machine

Wow, this week the Democrats have really outdone themselves with corruption & scandals for a one-week period! Thank you AI!

Anonymous said... the Southern District of Indiana doesn't seem to prosecute corrupt politicians. I have to conclude that Joe Hogsett is ineffective and not living up to acceptable standards of a U. S. Attorney!

Anonymous said...

Joe doesn't like playing a game of pick up sticks that touches familiar branches.

Anonymous said...

At best, these are guppies in the big ocean filled with whales.

Anonymous said...

I hate to say I live in this city. It pisses me off that a few blind people did not know this was going on but now we know where the general fund that all the city money was going. and the sad thing is that some of the people think he is still innocent. hell I live down the street from him. and it is truly disgusting to see this happen not only here in lake station but around the country I believe it is time WE THE PEOPLE take back this country.

Anonymous said...

There are several paper trails leading to these charges. also other memebers in the city council that are apart of this. Can't erase fact, only hide it. which they did not do a good of of hiding, since the FBI got there hands on it. And still more paper work is comming to the surface.