Saturday, September 12, 2015
Lake Station Mayor And Wife Found Guilty Of Misappropriating Funds To Pay Gambling Debts
Federal prosecutors in the Northern District of Indiana convinced a jury to convict Lake Station Mayor Keith Soderquist and his wife, Deborah, on charges the couple improperly used funds from his campaign committee and the city's food pantry, relatively petty crimes compared to theft of public assets totaling in the tens of millions of dollars by corrupt politicians in Indianapolis where prosecutors refuse to prosecute crimes of public corruption. The Soderquists were found guilty of 7 counts of wire fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and three counts of false filing. Prosecutors contended the couple withdrew about $35,000 from the mayor's campaign committee and another $5,000 from a food pantry fund to help pay gambling debts they ran up at area casinos. Soderquist immediately forfeited his office as a result of the conviction. Democratic precinct committee persons will meet to choose a successor to complete his unexpired term.