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Portage County District Attorney Veronica Isherwood Secures Two Guilty Verdicts, But Mistrial On Three Other Charges For Ronald Disher Trial

January 31, 2014

From time to time our personal attorney comes over for lunch and lively conversations.  A couple years ago we hired her professional skills for a matter I needed legal help with, but even then it was clear that James and  I were making a new friend.  During our lunches we talk some politics, always discuss the latest books we all are reading, and most likely I will toss out an oddball topic that might have a legal twist to it so to stir up even more conversation.

Such was the case in the autumn of 2012 when I offered up for conversation the Portage County case concerning a family that for decades had cashed Social Security checks for a woman that authorities felt had long since died.  It was then our attorney smiled and added a detail I was not aware at that time.

Portage County Assistant District Attorney Veronica Isherwood was our attorney’s step-mother.

Talk about a small world!

A judge declared a mistrial Friday for the most serious charges against a Portage County man accused in a plot to steal his mother-in-law’s Social Security checks for decades.

Ronald Disher, 72, was charged with three felonies – fraud, forgery and theft – in a scheme to fraudulently cash Marie Jost’s Social Security checks for more than 30 years. A jury failed to reach a verdict on those counts following nearly nine hours of deliberations over two days.

The jury convicted Disher of two misdemeanors: endangering safety and disorderly conduct involving a confrontation with a Social Security investigator.

Portage County Assistant District Attorney Veronica Isherwood said she will seek a new trial. 

A scheduling conference is scheduled for February 3, 2014.

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