Grand jury indicts NW Ind. mayor, wife, ex-worker

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LAKE STATION, Ind. (AP) — Prosecutors say a federal grand jury has indicted a northwestern Indiana mayor, his wife and a former city employee on corruption charges.

The charges announced Wednesday allege Lake Station Mayor Keith Soderquist and his wife, Deborah, conspired to commit wire fraud by taking cash for gambling and other purposes from a campaign finance account and a city food pantry. Deborah Soderquist, while serving as an administrative assistant to her husband, assisted in the food pantry’s operations.

The grand jury also indicted former city employee Miranda Brakley for allegedly stealing funds from the city about 5 miles southeast of Gary and the Soderquists for allegedly helping her hide the theft.

A telephone message seeking comment was left at the Soderquists’ home. Brakley doesn’t have a published telephone listing in the area. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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