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Northwest Indiana mayor, wife and stepdaughter indicted (party never mentioned)
Chicago Tribune ^ | 4/17/14 | Andy Grimm

Posted on 04/20/2014 3:44:07 PM PDT by Libloather

In the small town of Lake Station, Ind., the news that the mayor, his wife and stepdaughter have been indicted on federal corruption charges this week came as little surprise.

Residents in Lake Station, one of many working-class towns that fringe the northwest Indiana industrial centers of Gary and Hammond, have seen FBI agents leaving the town hall several times in recent years.

On Thursday, Keith Soderquist and his wife and personal secretary, Deborah, were in federal court in Hammond to face charges of wire fraud and filing false tax returns, after allegedly using money from Soderquist’s campaign fund and the town’s food pantry to gamble at a nearby casino.

In a separate indictment, Keith Soderquist’s stepdaughter, Miranda Brakley, was charged with embezzling money from the town court while working there as a clerk, and the Soderquists also face charges for attempting to conceal their receipt of $15,000 on her behalf.

(Excerpt) Read more at chicagotribune.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Indiana
KEYWORDS: bluezones; caseofthemissingd; corruptdems; cultureofcorruption; democratscandals; fbi; gary; hammond; indiana; indicted; keithsoderquist; lakestation; mayor; mediabias; mirandabrakley; soderquist
The Trib leaves out some information.
1 posted on 04/20/2014 3:44:08 PM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather

Keith Soderquist, Democrat, was elected in 2008.


2 posted on 04/20/2014 3:50:15 PM PDT by Baynative (Got bulbs? Check my profile page.)
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To: Libloather

Actually the MSM does say Democrat simply by not mentioning it. They think that if they don’t mention party other than (R) then the unwashed masses won’t know.


3 posted on 04/20/2014 3:51:53 PM PDT by SkyDancer (I Believe In The Law Until It Intereferes With Justice. And Pay Your Liberty Tax Citizen.)
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To: Libloather

Does it matter what party he is? Especially given that its just some small town no one ever heard of. And if he’s a Dem, plenty of Republicans get caught with their fingers in the cookie jar (or other parts in places they shouldn’t be, as per the Louisiana Congressman who just got busted.)

Crimes among politicians is a bipartisan thing.


4 posted on 04/20/2014 3:52:10 PM PDT by bigdaddy45
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To: Libloather

Member, Dem committee:
http://www.lakecountyindems.org/board.html


5 posted on 04/20/2014 3:53:18 PM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: Libloather

When is the FBI going to take down Rustler Reid?


6 posted on 04/20/2014 3:53:20 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: bigdaddy45
It matters in that it highlights the hypocrisy of the media, who ALWAYS mention the party if it's a Republican. And rarely does if it's a Dem.

/johnny

7 posted on 04/20/2014 3:56:06 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Libloather
The Trib leaves out some information.

The Chicago Tribune of old used to be a Conservative, pro-American paper. Colonel Robert R. McCormick, an outstanding horseman who valiantly served his country with General Pershing, would be appalled what's become of his once-great newspaper now that the leftists have taken it over.

Is the American flag still on their masthead or have the liberals removed that now?


8 posted on 04/20/2014 3:58:07 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP - that's what I like about Texas)
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To: JRandomFreeper; bigdaddy45

They identify a Democrat as such only when the circumstances of the story absolutely force them to, and even then they’ll bury it.


9 posted on 04/20/2014 3:58:09 PM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...
Thanks Libloather.
On Thursday, Keith Soderquist [(D-Ind.)] and his wife and personal secretary, Deborah, were in federal court in Hammond to face charges of wire fraud and filing false tax returns, after allegedly using money from Soderquist’s campaign fund and the town’s food pantry to gamble at a nearby casino.

10 posted on 04/20/2014 4:02:03 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Baynative

Funny, I did not see his party affiliation in the article.


11 posted on 04/20/2014 4:02:41 PM PDT by tennmountainman (Just Say No To Obamacare)
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To: bigdaddy45
Crimes among politicians is a bipartisan thing.

The vast majority of politicians that get caught committing crimes are democrats.

12 posted on 04/20/2014 4:02:50 PM PDT by Go Gordon (Barack McGreevey Obama)
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To: Genoa
They identify a Democrat as such only when the circumstances of the story absolutely force them to, and even then they’ll bury it.

It's the lamestream media's same tactic when it comes to reporting the race of criminals. Instead of using the term "blacks", they are magically transformed into "teens".

13 posted on 04/20/2014 4:03:15 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP - that's what I like about Texas)
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To: bigdaddy45

Of course it matters — besides the corruption, the topic is about Partisan Media Shills.


14 posted on 04/20/2014 4:03:21 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Libloather

Isn’t this the county that had so much trouble giving the primary vote tally until the wee hours of the morning, then suddenly had just enough votes to put Obama over the top in Indiana?


15 posted on 04/20/2014 4:22:07 PM PDT by Prince of Space (Be Breitbart, baby. LIFB.)
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To: Libloather

Lake Station, aka, East Gary, is located in Lake County where urban legend has it there was once a registered Republican.


16 posted on 04/20/2014 4:46:32 PM PDT by technically right
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To: Libloather

Mayor Soderquist, 44, and his wife, Deborah, are accused of stealing thousands of dollars from a campaign finance account and taking money from the Lake Station Food Pantry, which is funded by state tax dollars.

A federal grand jury indicted the Soderquists on Wednesday. According to the indictments, they lost more than $100,000 at Indiana and Michigan casinos between the spring of 2010 and December 2012, after allegedly taking the cash.

Federal agents searched Lake Station City Hall looking for evidence last fall. Defense attorney Scott King said the mayor and his wife, who is also his adminitrative assistant, have been cooperating with federal agents for more than a year.

Miranda Brakley, the mayor’s step-daughter, was charged in a separate indictment with allegedly filing false bankruptcy papers and stealing bond money while working at the city courthouse.

http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local/indiana&id=9507150


17 posted on 04/20/2014 5:25:42 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Libloather

Virtually every thinking member of the public is now very aware when this is not mentioned, it most certainly involves a Democrat. This is similar to other types of crime, when certain facts very useful in locating the perpetrators are not mentioned.

Of course, there are a lot of “non-thinking” members of the public...


18 posted on 04/20/2014 5:31:33 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: bigdaddy45

“Does it matter what party he is?”

It certainly does, when REPUBLICANS involved in crimes are referred to constantly as “REPUBLICAN such and such was charged/convicted” in the headline...and the affiliation of Democrats is NEVER mentioned or is buried. This, of course, is all orchestrated and deliberate.


19 posted on 04/20/2014 5:36:06 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: Go Gordon

VAST majority? Really? Got some data to back that up?

The political class IS a criminal class. Party matters not a bit.


20 posted on 04/20/2014 5:39:46 PM PDT by bigdaddy45
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To: Libloather
Trib writer Andy Grimm: Chief, we've got another Democrat with his fingers in the till.

Editor: OK, write it up but don't say which party he belongs to.

Andy Grimm: Will do, chief, pretty clever of you.

Editor: Yeah, the rubes will never figure out it's a democrat; good thing we're smarter than our readers!

21 posted on 04/20/2014 5:49:08 PM PDT by JPG (Yes We Can morphs into Make It Hurt.)
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To: Libloather

Not certain of Indiana but most local elections techically are non partisan, even the election for Chicago Mayor. The last mayoral election which was partisan in Chicago was in 1980 I believe.


22 posted on 04/20/2014 7:02:00 PM PDT by mosesdapoet (Serious contribution pause.Please continue onto meaningless venting no one reads.)
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To: mosesdapoet

“The last mayoral election which was partisan in Chicago was in 1980 I believe.”

And the last time a Republican won the battle for Chicago Mayor was .......


23 posted on 04/20/2014 8:11:28 PM PDT by Rembrandt (Part of the 51% who pay Federal taxes)
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To: tennmountainman
You normally won't. When the media is forced to report on a democrat the story takes on a passive tone, as we all know.

Someday I'd like to see a panel of wll known , high paid "journalists" sit for questions from average citizens on why they feel the the need to slant news.

24 posted on 04/21/2014 7:05:43 AM PDT by Baynative (Got bulbs? Check my profile page.)
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