John Vernon Dubiel, 72, will have lots of time to study the law while he’s serving his year sentence, which was handed down today by Muskogee judge Norman Thygeson after Dubiel duped several people into thinking he was an attorney.
DuBiel entered a blind plea — which means no deal had been made with prosecutors — and said people were confused because he was working with attorneys. None of the attorneys he named would confirm that he was working with them. He was convicted of obtaining money by false pretenses.
After admonishing him about the damage such practices can do to clients and society, Thygeson sentenced DuBiel to a year in county jail.