Florida teenager fascinated with the medical field was arrested for impersonating a doctor multiple times, The Palm Beach Post reports.
Malachi Love-Robinson, 18, was arrested Tuesday after he reportedly performed a medical examination on an undercover agent at his imposter medical office in West Palm Beach. He did not prescribe the agent any medication. Love-Robinson’s practice was called New Birth New Life Holistic and Alternative Medical Center & Urgent Care, which he displayed on multiple social networks and professional medical profiles. The rented office was across the street from West Palm Hospital at the West Palm Medical Plaza.
The teen claimed he had a Ph.D. and was a doctor of psychology. In October, Love-Robinson was cited in Boynton Beach, where he was practicing medicine without a license.
When Love-Robinson was 17, he also dressed up as a doctor, told residents he was an anesthesiologist, and walked the halls of St. Mary’s Medical Center. He wasn’t apprehended because he didn’t perform on patients. His mother reportedly told police her son was battling a mental illness and refused to take medication.
In an interview with the SunSentinel, Love-Robinson’s grandfather William Robinson explained his side:
According to his grandfather, William Robinson, it’s all a big misunderstanding. He said his grandson never claimed to be a medical doctor, only a holistic doctor, and that he had received proper certification to practice.
Those certificates are from online schools, Robinson said, though he wasn’t sure which ones. He said his grandson’s certificates were hung on the walls of his office.
“He’s not out doing drugs, he’s not out trying to rob nobody,” William Robinson told the Sun Sentinel. “He’s trying to do something constructive, and if he did do something and the paperwork wasn’t right — he can get ahead of himself sometimes and he may have been trying too hard.”
Love-Robinson was officially charged with fraudulently practicing medicine, a third-degree felony. He is currently being held at the Palm Beach County Jail on $6,000 bail.