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Hearing delayed for Social Security fraud suspect

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STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAU) -- The case involving three family members accused of cashing their missing mother’s Social Security checks may go forward soon.

71-year-old Dolores Disher is accused of working with her husband Ronald and brother Charles Jost to cash the checks issued to Marie Jost from about 1980 until two years ago. Dolores Disher has been physically unable to proceed in a trial due to several medical issues. She has spent several months in a nursing home.

A hearing was scheduled for Monday to allow the court to rule on a doctor’s mental competency examination. Prosecutor Cass Cousins says that hearing had to be delayed.  “They were set for a competency hearing. Unfortunately, that had to be rescheduled. There are a number of health complications that she has, and the doctor who’s preparing the report for the evaluation unfortunately could not meet with her, so he’s been rescheduled for the morning of September 2nd. Hopefully, all parties are hoping that there will be a report prepared by then and we can actually proceed with the competency hearing.”

Ronald Disher has already been found guilty of endangering safety with a weapon and disorderly conduct in a plea deal. He has been sentenced to 4 and a half years in prison. Charles Jost has been found not guilty by mental disease or defect. He is presently in a supervised release program. Marie Jost would be nearly 102 years old if she is alive. Marie Jost and her other son, 75-year-old Theodore Jost have never been found. Investigators believe the three may have illegally obtained about $175,000 by cashing Marie Jost’s checks.

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