Trial to begin in Social Security fraud case
Trial looms for man accused in Social Security fraud case of presumed-dead mother-in-law
MADISON, Wis. — A trial is scheduled to begin for a Portage County man accused of cashing the Social Security checks of his mother-in-law, who hasn’t been heard from in about 30 years and is presumed dead.
The trial for 72-year-old Ronald Disher begins Wednesday. It’s expected to last three days.
He, his wife and brother-in-law were accused of cashing Marie Jost’s Social Security checks for years, collecting as much as $175,000. The Social Security Administration contacted Portage County authorities in 2012 after its efforts to confirm that Jost was still alive went nowhere.
Jost’s son was found not guilty of similar charges last month by reason of mental defect. Charges again Disher’s wife were dismissed of mental issues.
A message left with Disher’s defense attorney, Gary Kryshak, was not immediately returned.