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Daughter incompetent in theft of mom's checks

STEVENS POINT (WAOW) - A judge has ruled that an elderly daughter may never be competent to stand trial on accusations that she joined other family members in a plot to steal some $170,000 worth of her mother's Social Security checks.

Dolores Disher, 71, was charged in September 2012 with four felonies, including theft/false representation and forgery, in what prosecutors call a plot with her brother and husband to steal Marie Jost's checks for more than 30 years.

As the case moved forward, Disher suffered a stroke in jail and she was found incompetent to stand trial.

Doctors recently re-evaluated her, and Portage County Circuit Judge Thomas Flugaur determined Monday she is "not competent and may never be restored to competency," according to online court records.

At a prosecutor's request, Flugaur ordered her re-evaluated in six months.

Jost was last seen in the 1980s and federal officials started raising questions about her when she turned 100. Officials say Jost has not been found, nor have any remains. 

Disher's husband, Ronald Disher, 73, was convicted of one felony count of theft/false representation in a plea deal in which two other felonies, including forgery, were dismissed. He was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison and was given credit for nearly 20 months he had spent in jail.

Jost's son Charles, 67, of Amherst, was found not guilty due to mental disease or defect to theft and mail fraud, according to Portage County online court records. Two other felonies were dismissed in a plea deal.

The son was ordered to spend a 16-year insanity sentence in a Stevens Point apartment, court records said.

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