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

LAKE STATION, Ind. - 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.

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