STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAU) - One of the three people accused of defrauding Social Security out of over 175 thousand dollars was in court Monday... but did not enter a new plea as planned.
71-year-old Ronald Disher of Amherst Junction is one of three people accused of cashing and spending his missing mother-in-law Marie Jost’s Social Security checks. The other suspects are Disher’s wife and Jost’s daughter 70-year-old Delores Disher and Delores’ brother, 67-year-old Charles Jost.
Marie Jost and her other son Theodore Jost have not been seen since the 1980’s and are presumed dead. Prosecutors believe the three suspects may have killed them & disposed of their bodies on the family property, but extensive lab tests failed to show DNA evidence identifying bones found on the site as belonging to them.
Defense attorney Gary Kreshak asked the court for a bond reduction for Disher, saying the state has no bodies, and has only the fraud charges. District Attorney Louis Molepske Jr. says his team argued against the request. "Assistant (Veronica) Isherwood made a statement to the court that it's serious charges that a bond modification at this time was not appropriate. The state objected to that, and the court agreed with the state that a modification of the bond would not be appropriate at the (present) time. The bond continues. The matter will be set for the trial date."
Disher’s trial was to start in about a week. It’s now been postponed until January 29th and 30th of next year.
Delores Disher remains in a nursing home, unable to participate in her legal proceedings.
Charles Jost has a plea hearing set for 1:00 p.m. Tuesday in Portage County, but it’s unknown if, like Disher, he will actually enter a new plea.
It’s been nearly 13 months since the three were arrested, and investigators have been unable to locate the missing members of the Jost family or even find someone who can confirm when and where they last saw them. Marie Jost hasn’t used her medical benifits since 1980. Anyone who has seen Marie & Theodore since 1980 is encouraged to contact the Portage County Sheriff’s Department at (715)-346-1400.