Charles Jost, Delores Disher, Ronald Disher, 3 Ohio seniors arrested for social security fraud
The son, daughter, and son-in-law of a woman last seen in 1982 have now been formally charged with fraud, theft, and accessing her accounts without her knowledge.
Portage County Court became ground zero in a bizarre social security fraud case as three seniors: Charles Jost, 66, Dolores Disher, 69, and Ronald Disher, 71, made their initial appearances in court this week.
The trio has reportedly cashed $175,000 in social security checks dispersed to Marie Jost, the mother of the two of the criminals.
Prosecutors claimed that they searched the homes of the suspects and found $8,000 in cash at the Disher residence and another $9,000 in a fanny-pack where Charles lives.
Charles currently resides at his mother’s last known address, but she hasn’t been seen in the 1980s.
Ron Disher got into a scuffle with another inmate on September 8th, so $1,000 was added to his bond of $20,000 for an extra charge of battery of a prisoner. He’s due back in court on Sept. 28th.
Dolores Disher pleaded not guilty to the same charges. She’s due back in court the same day as her husband.
Monday in court, Charles Jost was ordered to undergo a competency hearing.
The Portage County Sheriff’s Office says in August they were contacted by the United States Social Security Administration asking for assistance in locating Marie Jost after after several pieces of mail went unanswered. Marie, who will turn 101 in October, had also not used medical benefits since 1980.
A neighbor who lived next door to the Jost’s for 20 years told investigators they had never seen Marie or Theodore at home.