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Judge denies bond reduction for Ronald Disher

STEVENS POINT, WI (WTAQ) - One of three central Wisconsin residents accused of cashing a relative’s Social Security checks since the 1980’s failed to get his bond reduced Tuesday.

A Portage County judge rejected a request by 72-year-old Ronald Disher of Almond to reduce his $1,000 bond so he could get out of jail.

Disher also asked for permission to see his 70-year-old wife Delores in a hospital, and to attend her funeral if she doesn’t recover. The judge said the latter request would be a possibility.

Delores is also charged in the Social Security benefit theft, along with her brother Charles Jost.

All three are accused of hiding the death of Marie Jost, who disappeared in 1980, and cashing Marie’s benefit checks that never stopped coming. Their charges include forgery and mail fraud.

Delores Disher is scheduled to appear in court July 1st, when a judge could decide if she’s mentally competent to stand trial.

Disher’s husband will have the status of his case reviewed the week of October 21st. Jost has a trial scheduled for that same week.

Meanwhile, authorities are waiting for test results from a Texas lab, to see if bone fragments found on the Jost family property are those of Marie. She’d be 101 if she was still alive.