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Jost to serve insanity disposition in apartment

STEVENS POINT (WAOW) - The son of a woman last seen in the 1980s even though thousands of dollars in her Social Security checks were cashed was ordered released from jail Monday to begin a 16-year insanity disposition in a Stevens Point apartment, according to online court records.

A judge also ordered that $18,000 seized during the investigation of the missing woman be given to the state to recover some of those costs, Portage County court records said.

Charles Jost, 67, of Amherst, was found not guilty due to mental disease or defect on charges of theft and mail fraud. Two other felony charges, including forgery, were dismissed in a plea deal.
Jost, along with his 70-year-old sister Delores Disher and 72-year-old brother-in-law Ronald Disher, were accused in September 2012 of fraudulently cashing some $170,000 worth of Marie Jost's Social Security checks for more than 30 years.

Marie Jost has not been found. She'd be more than 100 years old if still alive. Investigators said they found bone fragments on her property that they believed could be human.

During a dispositional hearing Monday, Charles Jost was given credit for 529 days spent in jail and ordered to share an apartment with an approved person in Stevens Point instead of being sent to a mental institution, online court records said.

The order requires him to take all his medications and treatments, to apply for Social Security benefits and to never possess a gun, court records said.

Following a trial in which he was acquitted of wrongdoing in the check-cashing, Ronald Disher, 72, pleaded guilty to one felony count of theft in a plea deal and avoided another trial. He is to be sentenced April 15.

The charges against Delores Disher were dismissed in April because she had a medical condition and was hospitalized but prosecutors said they could be refiled.

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