Nancy Grace, we need your help in solving a crime, probably a murder(s).
The intriguing case of Social Security fraud in Portage County took what many felt was a foregone conclusion earlier this week when one of the defendants was found not guilty by reason of mental defect. Charles Jost, never looking like the brain trust of the checking-cashing scam operation, was ruled to be unable to understand, to a reasonable degree, that his actions violated the law. Jost will be mentally committed for 16 years, the maximum penalty he faced in the fraud case. Another hearing will be held to determine whether Jost will be institutionalized or placed on conditional release.
This month Ronald Disher will have court appearances.
This whole affair is most perplexing as this blog has maintained since the story first broke. CP wants to know where the body of Marie Jost and her son, Theodore, are buried. Marie was last seen in the 1980’s. Authorities originally speculated that the three might have killed Marie and Theodore and hid their bodies. Assistant District Attorney Veronica Isherwood has previously told the court that prosecutors believe Ronald Disher has spoken to other inmates in the jail about committing the crime.
Jost, along with Ronald Disher, 72, and Dolores Disher, 70, both of Almond, were accused of cashing Social Security checks belonging to the mother of Charles and Dolores, Marie Jost. Authorities have been unable to locate Marie Jost or Charles and Dolores’ brother, Theodore Jost.
Authorities believe both most likely are dead; Marie Jost would be more than 100 years old if alive today, and she has not used her Medicare benefits since 1980. Investigators believe the three defrauded the Social Security Administration of $175,000 by cashing Marie Jost’s checks over the course of several years.
Medical expert Richard Hurlbut testified Monday that Jost suffers from a delusional disorder, and that Jost believes his mother is still alive and even contacted him at the jail. Jost told Hurlbut that the last president of the United States he can recall is Ronald Reagan and the last governor he could recall is “the red sweater guy,” likely referring to former Gov. Lee Sherman Dreyfus.
Jost maintains that his mother and brother are living in California and fled the state so they wouldn’t have to live in a nursing home.
Hurlbut testified that it was unlikely Jost had any notion that he was breaking the law and lacked the ability to change his behavior to conform to the law, particularity because Jost believed his mother was alive and that he was cashing her checks on her behalf.