The state Department of Commerce has suspended a West Valley man's license to practice as a social service worker based on alleged violations of ethical standards.

The department said Monday that George Paulsen's license was suspended for three months, starting March 3, to be followed by a three-year probation period. It said the action came after an investigation found Paulsen was practicing unlicensed mental health therapy.A Commerce Department press release said that, on March 2, it also revoked the license of Jonathan A. Garry of Roy to practice as a registered nurse as part of a stipulated agreement between Garry and the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing.

The revocation came after a division investigation into allegations of obtaining and using drugs not prescribed by a physician, entering false information into medical records and negligence in providing proper patient care.

In a third action, Scott R. Werner of Cedar City agreed to a stipulation placing his licenses to practice medicine and to prescribe and administer controlled substances on probation for one year starting March 1.

The division had filed charges claiming Werner prescribed controlled substances in excess of what was medically necessary to treat a patient's condition, which it said constituted negligence and unprofessional conduct.