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Man pleads not guilty to concealing mom's death to cash Social Security checks


PORTAGE COUNTY, WI (WTAQ) - A central Wisconsin man has pleaded not guilty to charges that he concealed his mother’s death for three decades, and cashed her Social Security checks that kept coming.

Thursday, a Portage County judge ordered 66-year-old Charles Jost of Amherst to stand trial on felony charges of theft, forgery, mail fraud, and illegally using somebody else’s personal documents.

Jost, his sister Delores Disher, and his brother-in-law Ronald Disher are all charged in the alleged scheme. The Dishers have both pleaded not guilty, and Jost was earlier found to be mentally competent to stand trial in the case.

All three are accused of hiding the death of Marie Jost, who would be 100 today.

There’s no indication that she’s still alive, and authorities have been searching the Jost property after dogs found a scent of human remains. Charles Jost and the Dishers were arrested September 5th.

Ronald Disher faces additional charges, for allegedly attacking a sheriff’s deputy who searched his home near Almond. All 3 defendants are due back in court December 10th, when trial dates could be set.