18-Year-Old Arrested After Allegedly Posing As A Doctor And Giving Exams
A Florida teenager was reportedly arrested for impersonating a medical doctor for at least the third time.
In January 2015, Malachi Love-Robinson was found to be posing as a gynecologist at St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach, according to Daily Mail.
Wearing lab coats he stockpiled in his car, the then 17-year-old walked around the facility with a stethoscope and allegedly crept into an exam room while a pregnant woman was being treated.
The hospital chose not to press charges, however, and reportedly denied Love-Robinson had come into physical contact with any patients.
But in October 2015, Love-Robinson was investigated by the Florida Department of Health for allegedly posing as a massage therapist at a rehabilitation facility.
He was sent a cease-and-desist letter for practicing medicine without a license, but Love-Robinson went on to open the New Birth New Life Holistic and Alternative Medical Center and Urgent Care in West Palm Beach, Florida, according to the Sun Sentinel.
Family members reported him to the police after he threw a grand opening of the clinic last month, WPBF reports.
A female undercover agent was sent to the clinic on Tuesday and reportedly received a physical examination as well as medical advice from Love-Robinson.
Afterward, the teen was arrested for practicing medicine without a license, fraud and grand theft, but he was released earlier today after posting bond for $21,000, Daily Mail reports.
Love-Robinson, now 18, told WPBF after the arrest,
All these are accusations, and I will have my lawyer contact you.
His grandfather, William Robinson, said Love-Robinson only claimed to be a holistic doctor, not a medical doctor, and received certification to practice holistic medicine from online schools.
He told the Sun Sentinel his grandson never treated patients at the West Palm Beach clinic and merely intended to open the practice and have real doctors work under him.
A website for the West Palm Beach clinic states Love-Robinson holds a doctorate along with an "HHP-C" and an "AMP-C." It is unclear what those last two designations mean.
Citations: Doogie Yowza! Florida teen who pretended to be a doctor is arrested for giving medical exam to undercover cop a year AFTER he posed as a gynecologist (Daily Mail), Teen accused of running fake medical practice posed as gynecologist a year ago, officials say (Sun Sentinel), Teen arrested, accused of posing as doctor (WPBF)