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Lake Station Mayor, Wife, Stepdaughter Plead Not Guilty

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Lake Station Mayor Keith Soderquist, his wife and his stepdaughter were in Hammond Federal Court Thursday, where they pleaded not guilty to public corruption charges. As part of the indictments announced Wednesday, federal prosecutors allege Mayor Soderquest and his wife Deborah used money from the city's food pantry account and the mayor's campaign fund for personal expenses, including gambling activities at casinos in Indiana and Michigan. A second federal indictment filed against the couple also names the mayor's stepdaughter, 33-year-old Miranda Brakley, a former employee of the city of Lake Station. Brakley is charged with theft of funds from the city and bankruptcy fraud. All three were each released on a 20-thousand dollar bond. Prosecutors report there are plans for two separate trials, though no dates have been scheduled as of yet.


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