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Second trial scheduled for Ronald Disher in fraud case

STEVENS POINT, WI (WTAQ) - A central Wisconsin man will start having a second trial on April 9th, for allegedly stealing Social Security benefits from his missing mother-in-law.

Last week, a Portage County jury could not reach unanimous verdicts on three fraud-related charges against 72-year-old Ronald Disher of Almond. They did convict him in an attack on a Social Security agent, and a new trial date was set Monday in his fraud-related case.

Disher was accused of helping steal $175,000 in Social Security checks written to Marie Jost -- who's been missing for over three decades. Disher told jurors last week that he drove two other defendants to a bank where they cashed the checks -- but he denied knowing anything about the stolen checks, or what the other two were doing at the time.

Charles Jost was found not guilty by insanity. Disher's wife, Delores Jost, had her charges dropped after she suffered a stroke last year.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)