Case Against Daughter in Suspected Decades Long Fraud Scheme Moves Forward

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

The case against the daughter in area's most bizarre suspected case of fraud is moving forward. Online court records show a judge will hear the results of Delores Disher competency exam on September 2. Results were scheduled to be heard Monday, July 28, however the hearing was pushed back due to Disher's health problems.

Delores Disher is accused of cashing her mother's Social Security benefits for a suspected more than a 25 year span. Delores' husband, Ronald was sentenced to nearly five years in prison for role in the scheme

Delores' brother, Charles Jose, was found not guilty by mental disease or defect. He remains under community supervision, but could spend 16 years in a mental health facility if he violates the terms of his probation.

Jost and Ronald Disher are convicted of cashing Marie Jost's Social Security checks for years, collecting as much as $175,000. Delores Disher is suspected of doing the same.

The Social Security Administration contacted Portage County authorities in 2012 after its efforts to confirm that Marie Jost was still alive went nowhere. She would have celebrated her 100th birthday in August 2012, and has since been presumed dead because she has not used health benefits since the 1980s.

Marie's son, Theodore, who is 75, has also been missing since the 1980s.

On August 30, 2012 Deputies went to Marie's Amherst Junction home and made contact with her son, Charles. He explained that Marie was alive and well and on a trip with her other son [Theodore].

Investigators also questioned Ronald and Delores Disher at their Almond home.

Deputies say information provided by family members has been inconsistent. Dolores Disher first told investigators she saw her mother less than a year ago. Then she changed her story, saying she hadn't seen her since her sister's funeral in 1980.

In September 2012, the State Crime Lab was at Charles' property. Captain Dale O'Kray from the Portage County Sheriff's Department said cadaver dogs picked up spots of interest, but no human remains have been found. Captain O'Kray says the search for evidence would be slow one, as Charles Jost was a hoarder.

The Portage Sheriff's Department says items believed to be bone fragment were sent for analysis to a lab in Texas, but the results came back as inconclusive.

The three were subsequently charged with theft, mail fraud, forgery, and unauthorized use of an individual's personal document.

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