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Disher couple pleads not-guilty


STEVENS POINT, WI (WSAU) - The husband and wife accused of fraudulently cashing her mother’s Social Security checks have both pled not guilty. Both appeared before judge Thomas Flugar this afternoon with their attorneys.

Dolores and Ronald Disher face charges of forgery, mail fraud, and theft by false representation for allegedly taking Marie Jost’s government checks since about 1980, totalling over 175-thousand dollars.

Both defendants said nothing in court except to correct Dolore’s name spelling and the city of her address on the complaint.

Both Dolores and Ronald Disher will have a pretrial conference at 11:00 a.m. December 10th. Ronald Disher will also be in court October 29th for a preliminary hearing on a separate charge of battery to an inmate.

Court records show that Ronald Disher told another inmate at the Portage County Jail that his wife killed Marie Jost years ago and they buried her body. Disher denies saying that to an inmate. So far, there’s no known whereabouts for 101-year-old Marie Jost or her other son Theodore, who hasn’t been seen in at least ten years.

Portage County deputies and the Wisconsin Crime Lab are finished examining the Jost property, which was described as filthy and what you would find at the home of a hoarder.

Investigators are continuing to sort through paper documents recovered at the site and some bone fragments have been sent to a crime lab and anthropologist outside of Wisconsin since no in-state facility is capable of processing the evidence. Prosecutor Veronica Isherwood says they won’t know the results of the bone fragment tests for some time, because it will depend on how big of a backlog that facility has.