We are now likely never to know how Marie Jost died or where she is buried. The long twisted story of what is clearly a most dysfunctional clan will now be the topic of conversations about what is speculated to have occurred. Dolores Disher seems destined to die with her secret. What some have pondered is with the remains of Jost unknown there will never be a burial plot in a cemetery or any recognition of her life or death. Her family clearly used her and discarded her.
One of three people accused in a Social Security fraud scheme will not stand trial because she has cancer.
Dolores Disher, 71, of Almond is being treated for cancer, her attorney Stephen Sawyer told Portage County Circuit Judge Thomas Flugaur on Tuesday. Flugaur suspended prosecution of the case pending any changes in her health.
Sawyer declined to name the type of cancer, citing medical privacy laws.
Disher, her husband Ronald Disher, 73, and her brother Charles Jost, 67, of Amherst were accused of cashing the Social Security checks of Marie Jost, who was the mother of Dolores Disher and Jost. Investigators contend that the Dishers and Charles Jost defrauded the Social Security Administration of at least $175,000 by cashing Marie Jost’s checks over the course of several years.
Although her body has not been found, authorities believe Marie Jost is dead because she would be more than 100 years old and she hasn’t used her federal medical benefits since 1982. Dolores Disher’s and Charles Jost’s brother, Theodore, also has not been seen for several years and is believed to be dead. He would be 76 years old if alive today.
Flugaur declared Dolores Disher unfit to stand trial in April 2013 after Disher suffered a stroke while in the Portage County Jail. Former Portage County Assistant District Attorney Veronica Isherwood asked a court to re-evaluate her condition after she appeared in court for her husband’s sentencing in April. Isherwood said at that time she appeared well enough that she could understand the charges.
But Dolores Disher’s condition worsened after her husband’s court appearance. Disher underwent two chemotherapy sessions and refused further treatment after her hair fell out and she became violently ill, Sawyer said Tuesday.
Flugaur agreed with a report from Dr. Michael Galli of the Wisconsin Forensics Unit that Disher was not fit to stand trial on the charges, but granted Portage County Assistant District Attorney Cass Cousins’ request to re-evaluate Dolores Disher’s condition after six months.
Flugaur sentenced Ronald Disher to 54 months in prison at that court appearance in April for helping cash the checks and for attacking a Social Security Administration agent who came to the house to investigate.
Fluguar ruled Charles Jost eligible for community treatment in February after Jost pleaded not guilty due to mental defect in December 2013.