Indicted daughter of Lake Station mayor seeking travel approval

2014-04-30T12:26:00Z 2014-04-30T23:46:10Z Indicted daughter of Lake Station mayor seeking travel approvalBob Kasarda bob.kasarda@nwi.com, (219) 548-4345 nwitimes.com
April 30, 2014 12:26 pm  • 

HAMMOND | Miranda Brakley is seeking permission to travel to Chicago for work after recently being indicted in federal court with her stepfather, Lake Station Mayor Keith Soderquist.

Brakley, 33, said she was placed on unpaid administrative leave by Omnicare in Griffith following her indictment, according to the motion filed by attorney Thomas Vanes.

She has been offered part-time work as a pharmacy technician at St. Bernard's Hospital in Chicago and is seeking permission to travel to and from the job while her case is pending, Vanes said.

Brakley is free on a $20,000 unsecured bond without pretrial supervision.

The U.S. attorney's office has no objection to the request, according to the motion.

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

In one indictment, Keith and Deborah Soderquist each face charges of pocketing money from the city's food pantry and the mayor's re-election campaign, in part for gambling at Indiana and Michigan casinos. A second federal indictment alleges the couple knew Brakley stole at least $5,000 from the Lake Station City Court and helped her conceal the theft.

The Soderquists are not allowed to travel outside the U.S. District Court of Indiana without communicating their whereabouts to federal probation officers, surrender any weapons to a third party and not visit any casinos.

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