Varney accepts plea deal with AG

LANSING—Former Caspian clinical psychologist Michael Varney, who was accused of 50 felony counts of providing patients drugs in exchange for sexual favors in three U.P. counties, has agreed to a plea deal according to the Michigan Attorney General’s Office of Communications.
    Varney, who was the registered agent of Superior Psychological Services in Caspian, agreed to plead no contest to 10 felony counts in Marquette County.
    As part of the agreement, charges against Varney in Iron and Dickinson counties have been dismissed.
    Varney pled no contest to three counts of criminal sexual conduct-second degree (15-year felonies), three counts of delivery of a controlled substance less than 50 grams (20-year felonies), one count of Medicaid fraud conspiracy (10-year felony) and three counts of filing false health care claims (four-year felonies).
    He also agreed to $427,558.12 in restitution as it relates to the fraud counts.
    In Iron County, Varney was charged with eight counts of delivery of a Schedule 4 controlled substance, 10 counts of delivery of a Schedule 2 substance, one count of delivery of methamphetamine and one count of delivery of marijuana.
    In Dickinson County, Varney was charged with four counts of first-degree criminal
 sexual conduct, 14 counts of delivery of a Schedule 2 substance and five counts of delivery of marijuana.

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