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Trial begins for man accused of Social Security fraud in Portage County

STEVENS POINT, WI (WTAQ) - A trial is scheduled to begin Wednesday for a central Wisconsin man accused of cashing his missing mother-in-law's Social Security checks for 33 years.

72-year-old Ronald Disher of Almond is facing Portage County charges of identity theft, theft by fraud, forgery, and mail fraud for allegedly stealing $175,000 in benefits for Marie Jost.

He's also charged with reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct for allegedly attacking a sheriff's deputy who searched his home. Disher also faces a count of battery by prisoners.

His trial is scheduled to run through Friday in Stevens Point.

Disher, his wife Delores, and her brother Charles Jost were all accused of cashing Social Security checks that kept coming for Marie Jost -- even though she's been missing since 1988 and is presumed dead.

Charles Jost was found not guilty by insanity in the case, and a judge is scheduled to decide February 17th where he'll be placed for mental health treatment. Delores Jost had four criminal charges dismissed last year, after she had a stroke and was found unfit to stand trial.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)