- Associated Press - Saturday, April 19, 2014

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) - A northwestern Indiana food bank has suspended its contract with another food bank following its director’s indictment on federal charges.

An 11-count indictment alleges that Lake Station Mayor Keith Soderquist and his wife, Deborah Soderquist, improperly used money from the city’s food pantry and his re-election campaign at local casinos.

Deborah Soderquist is director of the Greater Hammond-Lake Station food pantry.

The Times of Munster reports (https://bit.ly/1hcDGbE ) that the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana suspended its contract with the Lake Station food pantry following the Soderquists’ indictments.

Defense attorney Scott King says the couple “never touched a penny” of money from the city’s food pantry fund, as the government alleges.

The Soderquists are accused of cashing a $300 check intended for the food pantry before going to a Michigan casino.

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