Wis. man denies knowledge of check-cashing scheme

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) -- An attorney for a Wisconsin man accused of helping fraudulently cash his mother-in-law's Social Security checks says his client is a grumpy old man but not guilty of criminal action.

Seventy-two-year-old Ronald Disher, of Almond, has been charged in the check-cashing scheme with his wife and brother-in-law.

Stevens Point Journal Media reports Portage County Assistant District Attorney Veronica Isherwood told jurors Wednesday that Disher drove the other two to a bank to cash his mother-in-law's checks and parked two blocks away to avoid being seen.

But Disher's attorney says his client is merely a "cranky and crotchety old man" with erratic behavior and doesn't know much about the family's finances or what happened to the checks.

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