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Man accused of defrauding Social Security will stand trial

Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

STEVENS POINT, WI (WTAQ) - A central Wisconsin man accused of cashing a relative's Social Security checks for over 30 years is headed to trial, after an apparent plea deal fell through. 

72-year-old Ronald Disher of Amherst Junction tried but failed Monday to get a $20,000 bond reduced, so he could get out of jail for the first time in over a year. 

A three-day trial is now set to begin January 29th in Portage County. 

Disher is one of three people charged with defrauding Social Security out of $175,000. They're accused of hiding the death of Marie Jost, who disappeared with her son Theodore in the 1980's.

Disher's wife Delores was found to be unfit to stand trial this summer, after she had a stroke. The other defendant, Charles Jost, is due in court Tuesday afternoon -- and he may or may not strike a plea deal. 

Prosecutors believe the three may have killed Marie and Theodore Jost and disposed of their bodies on the family's property. 

However, extensive lab tests failed to show DNA evidence which identified bones found on the site as belonging to them.

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