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Plea hearing scheduled for Portage Co. fraud case


A plea hearing has been scheduled for a Portage County man accused in a plot to steal his mother-in-law's social security checks for decades, according to the assistant district attorney.

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. Last week, a jury failed to reach a verdict 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.

But now, Assistant District Attorney Veronica Isherwood says a plea hearing has been scheduled for Monday.

"I don't know if a plea will go through but we are going to try," said Isherwood in an e-mail.

Last week, the jury convicted Disher of two misdemeanors: endangering safety and disorderly conduct involving a confrontation with a Social Security investigator.

After 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 almost $170,000 worth of her Social Security checks were fraudulently cashed.

Disher's 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.

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