Varney (aka Conley)

Date of Entry: 20/06/2016
Surname: Varney (aka Conley)
Christian Names: Thomas Jhn
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Melbourne
Service #: N/A
Service: N/A
Branch: N/A
Commencement of service: N/A
Completion of service: N/A
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Thomas (Tom) Varney was described by a certain court official as being ‘something out of Catch Me if You Can’ when being held to account for one of his many impersonations of a medical professional.

It was his tall stories, of being a returned serviceman that, once again, placed him in the spotlight he seems to crave.

During an interview to perform voluntary work with an ex-service organisation, he stated that he had been diagnosed with PTSD subsequent to a 3 month deployment to Afghanistan in ‘support of the Army’. However, he could not disclose any further information about his tour of duty. Varney also stated he worked for an unspecified Defence Organisation Personnel Support Unit that dealt with complex issues that he could not write on his CV as it was ‘classified’.

He went on to state he had been in the ADF for 10 years, but when questioned about his young age, he provided a wishy-washy answer about mainly being in the Navy Cadets, or an ADFA Cadet. At least he was not telling pork-pies about being in the Navy Cadets, as this picture shows.

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If you are curious about why he has a stethoscope around his neck, well, read on and all will be made clear.

Some people are content with maintaining just one fantasy. Tom Varney has an obsession with the medical profession, emergency services and uniforms, in general. Given the amount of evidence that he has left in the public domain, via the internet, the community should be made aware, of his ridiculous antics, and the possible danger that his fantasies pose.

The smiling face at the top of the page is the alleged ‘Doctor’ Tom Varney, on duty at Royal Adelaide Hospital in late 2012, where he not only succeeded in examining a patient, but was able to write a script for medication as well! During the year he was able to pass himself off as a doctor and a nurse, at a number of medical facilities in Adelaide, before being caught.

In late 2013, Varney, after a quick visit to the South Australian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, and payment of the appropriate fee, saw Varney become Thomas John Conley. Of course this required a new Facebook page. On this page he states that he is ‘Tri-Service and served at a ‘highly classified’ Personnel Support Unit at the Australian Defence Force. His latest profile, gives the overall impression that he is somehow, a serving member of the ADF.


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