STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) -- One of three Wisconsin residents accused of cashing the Social Security checks of a relative who's presumed dead has been found not guilty by reason of mental defect.
A Stevens Point Journal Media report says Charles Jost of Amherst will undergo a state evaluation. A Portage County judge ruled Monday that the 67-year-old wasn't able to understand to a reasonable degree that his actions violated the law.
Jost and two others are accused of cashing his mother's Social Security checks. Marie Jost would be over 100 years old if she were still alive, but authorities now suspect she died about 30 years ago.
A medical expert testified that Jost probably didn't know he was breaking the law.
Jost's defense attorney, Michael D. Hughes, declined to comment Tuesday.