A new trial date has been set for the
Portage County man accused in a plot to steal his mother-in-law's
social security checks for decades.
Ronald Disher, 72, was charged with
three felonies - fraud, forgery and theft - in a scheme to
fraudulently cash Marie Jost's Social Security checks for more than
30 years. A jury failed to reach a verdict Friday on those
counts following nearly nine hours of deliberations over two days.
On Monday, a judge set the new trial to
begin April 9,10, and 11.
Last week, the jury convicted Disher
of two misdemeanors: endangering safety and disorderly conduct
involving a confrontation with a Social Security investigator.
the jury told a judge that they couldn't agree on a verdict, Disher
was returned to the Portage County Jail.
Marie Jost was
last seen in the 1980s and prosecutors say some $170,000 worth of her
Social Security checks were fraudulently cashed.
wife, Delores, and brother-in-law, Charles Jost, were also charged
with stealing the Social Security money. Jost was found not
guilty by reason of mental disease or defect and was sentenced
to a mental institution. Charges against Delores Disher were
dismissed after she suffered a stroke in jail.