Public corruption suspect permitted to travel to Chicago for work

2014-05-02T13:45:00Z 2014-05-02T22:41:07Z Public corruption suspect permitted to travel to Chicago for workTimes Staff
May 02, 2014 1:45 pm  • 

HAMMOND | A former Lake Station city court clerk indicted on public corruption charges has been granted permission to travel to Chicago for work, Hammond federal court records show.

Miranda Brakley, 33, sought the permission earlier this week to travel to Chicago for employment after recently being indicted in federal court along with her stepfather, Lake Station Mayor Keith Soderquist, and the mayor's wife, Deborah Soderquist.

Brakley, 33, argued in court papers she was placed on unpaid administrative leave by Omnicare in Griffith following an indictment alleging she stole at least $5,000 from the Lake Station City Court and was helped by the Soderquists in concealing the theft.

On Thursday, U.S. Magistrate Judge John E. Martin granted Brakley permission to travel outside of the Northern District of Indiana for part-time work as a pharmacy technician at St. Bernard's Hospital in Chicago, court records show. She is allowed to travel to Chicago for "work-related purposes only," the judge's ruling states.

Brakley is free on a $20,000 unsecured bond pending trial.

Brakley, Keith Soderquist, 44, and his wife, Deborah Soderquist, 55, pleaded not guilty in April to a total of 15 criminal charges spanning two public corruption indictments.

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