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New delay in case of man charged with hiding mom's death to cash SSI checks


PORTAGE COUNTY, WI (WTAQ) - There’s a new delay in the case of a central Wisconsin man charged with hiding his mother’s death for over 30 years, and cashing her Social Security checks that kept coming.

At a pre-trial conference Monday, defense lawyer Troy Nielson said he learned that one of the prosecution’s witnesses is also represented by his office.

So Portage County Circuit Judge Thomas Flugaur allowed Nielson to withdraw. He was representing 66-year-old Charles Jost of Amherst, who’s charged with theft, forgery, mail fraud, and illegally using somebody else’s personal documents.

Jost and his new lawyer are due back in court January 2nd.

His sister, Delores Disher, and her husband Ronald are also charged in the alleged scheme.

Authorities said it netted them $175,000 in Social Security checks to Marie Jost after she died.

Pre-trial hearings for the other two defendants were also delayed due to a concern involving the witness in question.