Varney sentenced to prison
MARQUETTE—Former Caspian clinical psychologist Michael Varney was sentenced to 4 1/2 to 15 years in prison in 25th Circuit Court in Marquette on June 28 for providing patients drugs in exchange for sexual favors, according to the Mining Journal in Marquette.
Varney had pled no contest to the 10 counts, which included 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).
Varney must also pay restitution of $416,024 to the state of Michigan and $11,534 in restitution to the VA Medical Center, according to the Mining Journal. He must also register on the sex offenders list. He was given credit for 282 days served.
Varney, who was the registered agent of Superior Psychological Services in Caspian, was accused of 50 counts in three counties in the case. As part of the agreement with the Michigan Attorney General, charges against Varney in Iron and Dickinson counties were dismissed.