A Florida teen was arrested in West Palm Beach for allegedly posing as a fake doctor with a PhD, and practicing medicine without a license, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office reported on Tuesday.
The 18-year-old, Malachi Love-Robinson was taken into custody following an undercover operation. He was charged after he allegedly performed a physical examination on an agent and offered his “expert medical advice” at Love-Robinson's West Palm Beach office.
Earlier in the month, authorities had received a complaint about Love-Robinson, who had been cited by the State Health Department for practicing medicine without a license in October 2015.
A description of Love-Robinson on his website listed him as a “well rounded professional” — with a couple of fake degrees to boot.
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Photos on the NBNL Center’s Facebook page showed “Dr. Love” posing with two older women described as the center’s staff.
This isn’t the first time the teen has done something like this. Last year, Love-Robinson also pretended to be a doctor at St. Mary’s Medical Center. Investigators at the time said the then-17-year-old wandered the hospital’s halls wearing a coat and stethoscope, but did not enter any patient’s room or perform any medical treatments. No charges were filed.
It is unclear as to where this teenager has gained inspiration from, but surely he could have invested his time and energy into something positive.
Love-Robinson posted bail and was released from custody.
The teen denied the accusations in a interview with ABC News, claiming he had not diagnosed patients.
He told the news outlet that he hired doctors and other health experts to take care of patients and "did not perform any form of treatment" himself.
The teenager also explained he holds a Ph.D. but would not disclose where he received it from.
Yet Love-Robinson's assertions remain doubtful as he is accused of treating an 86-year-old woman and charging her nearly $3,500.
"That person never came to my office, they were never seen in the office, they were never given prescriptions in the office," he told ABC News. "That patient actually requested a consultation and the things she took were things she requested to take and they were all natural things that you can buy from Whole Foods."