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Jost changes plea to insanity in Social Security fraud case

STEVENS POINT, WI (WTAQ) - A Portage County man now claims he was insane when he allegedly helped cash a missing relative's Social Security checks for the last 30-plus years. 

67-year-old Charles Jost of Amherst pleaded not guilty by insanity Tuesday, changing an earlier plea of not guilty. 

A judge ordered that a psychiatrist examine Jost, and the status of the case will be reviewed November 11th. 

Charles Jost is accused of conspiring with his sister Delores Disher and her husband Ronald to cash Marie Jost's Social Security checks, after she and her son Theodore vanished in the 1980's. The checks totaled $175,000. 

Prosecutors believe the three defendants may have killed Marie and Theodore Jost, and buried their bodies on the family property. Bones were found on the site, but lab tests could not link them to the missing relatives. 

Charles Jost was scheduled to go on trial later this month, but the insanity plea delays that. He's charged with four felonies including theft by fraud and forgery.  

The 72-year-old Disher is now scheduled to go on trial January 29th. Delores Disher was found to be unfit to stand trial this summer, after she had a stroke.  

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