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Competency hearing set for Delores Disher in Social Security fraud case

STEVENS POINT, WI (WTAQ) - An ailing central Wisconsin woman could soon find out whether her court case will be revived in the theft of her missing mother's Social Security checks.

71-year-old Delores Disher of Almond was accused of helping her husband and brother steal $175,000 in benefits to Marie Jost -- who vanished in 1980 and is presumed dead.

Disher's case was suspended last summer after she suffered a stroke in jail. She has spent several months in a nursing home with a number of health issues.

Portage County prosecutor Cass Cousins said a hearing was planned Monday to determine if she's now competent to stand trial. But due to those health issues, the hearing has been pushed back to September 2nd.

The district attorney asked that Disher's case be re-evaluated after she attended the sentencing for her husband in mid-April. Ronald Disher was given a four-and-a-half year prison term.  

Charles Jost is in a supervised release program, after he was found not guilty by insanity.

Delores Disher is charged with theft by fraud, forgery, unauthorized use of others' personal documents, and mail fraud. All those counts are felonies.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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