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Charles Jost found not guilty by insanity in Social Security fraud

Charles Jost (left) & Attorney Michael Hughes
Charles Jost (left) & Attorney Michael Hughes

STEVENS POINT, WI (WTAQ) - A central Wisconsin man accused of stealing his mother's Social Security checks for 33 years has been found not guilty by insanity.  

67-year-old Charles Jost of Amherst entered an Alford plea Monday to two of the four charges against him. He maintained his innocence, while admitting there was enough evidence to convict him for theft by fraud and mail fraud.  

Jost and two other relatives were accused of stealing $175,000 in Social Security benefits for Marie Jost, who's been missing since 1988 and is presumed dead.  

Portage County Circuit Judge Thomas Flugaur found Jost not guilty by reason of mental disease. A court-appointed psychologist found Jost to be delusional -- even though he would have been mentally competent to stand trial.  

He's due back in court February 17th to determine where he will be placed. Jost could either be sent to a group home or a full mental institution.  

His sister Delores had four charges dismissed earlier this year, after she had a stroke and was found unfit to stand trial.  

The woman's husband, Ronald Disher, has a three day trial set for January 29th, barring a last minute plea deal.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)