United States Attorney David Capp
Northern District of Indiana
5400 Federal Plaza, Suite 1500
Hammond, Indiana 46320
Hammond South Bend Fort
Hammond South Bend Fort Wayne
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Mary Hatton
www.usdoj.gov/usao/inn/ CELL: (219) 314-9993
PUBLIC CORRUPTION INDICTMENTS RETURNED IN HAMMOND FEDERAL COURT
Indiana- United States Attorney David Capp announced today two indictments
naming Keith Soderquist, the Mayor of Lake Station.
first indictment charges Soderquist, age 44, and his
wife, Deborah Soderquist, age 55, who was employed as
the administrative assistant to Mayor Soderquist.
indictment alleges 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.
indictment also charges both Keith and Deborah Soderquist
with filing false tax returns for the years 2010, 2011 and 2012. The
basis for the tax charges is their failure to disclose the money they took from
the campaign and food pantry account that they converted to their own personal
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.
and Deborah Soderquist are charged in Count 3 of the
second indictment for being accessories after the fact. That Count
alleges that, after knowing that Brakley had
committed the theft alleged in Count 1, they assisted Brakley
in order to hinder and prevent Brakley’s
apprehension, trial and punishment.
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 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 December 8-12, 2012, those checks were cashed at different branches of JP Morgan Chase bank.
investigation which led to the second indictment was initiated after a State
Board of Accounts audit disclosed missing funds that had been posted as bond
money with the Lake Station City Court.
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
case is a result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation,
the Internal Revenue Service and the Indiana State Police. This case will be prosecuted by Assistant
United States Attorneys Joshua Kolar and Philip Benson.
The United States Attorney's Office emphasized that an Indictment is merely an allegation and that all persons charged are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.