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Jury Has Ronald Disher Case, Self Described As Having Fourth Grade Education On Witness Stand

January 30, 2014

The jury in the Ronald Disher case has adjourned for the night and will continue deliberating on Friday morning.

Today Ronald Disher took the stand.

Ronald Disher, 72, testified for about 45 minutes as the final witness in his trial. 

Disher was charged with four felonies, including theft and forgery, in a scheme to fraudulently cash Marie Jost’s Social Security checks for more than 30 years. Two of the woman’s children were also charged in the scheme.

Marie Jost was last seen in the 1980s and prosecutors say some $170,000 worth of her Social Security checks were fraudulently cashed.

In his testimony Thursday, Disher said he had a fourth grade education, he could read “a little bit” and can only write his name and a date.

Disher said he earned money by selling iron and from a minnow business. He told the jury he never got any money from Jost’s Social Security checks.

Disher, describing himself as a “professional minnow catcher,” said he drove his wife and brother-in-law to places, including near a bank, but he did not know they were cashing any checks.

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