A Florida man who pleaded guilty to practicing medicine without a license as a teen, now faces new charges of fraud and grand theft.
23-year-old Malachi Love-Robinson of West Palm Beach was arrested on Thursday after he allegedly diverted more than $9,000 of customers’ payment from a shipping company where he worked, into his personal account in March.
The owner of United States of Freight shared screenshots of text messages alleged to be from Love-Robinson, which read, “I don’t want to go back to jail,” and “doing everything [I] can to make it right.”
Love-Robinson made headlines in the past as “Dr. Love”, for illegally operating a fake medical practice, stealing $35,000 from an 86-year-old patient in 2015.
He was first accused of masquerading as a doctor in January 2015, when he wore a doctor’s white lab coat at St. Mary’s Medical Center and walked in on at least one gynecological exam.
Dr. Sebastian Kent, who Love shadowed briefly while masquerading as a doctor at St. Mary’s, thought that Love-Robinson, who was 17 at the time, looked young but figured he must’ve been right out of medical school.
“Initially and certainly looking back retrospectively, I thought, ‘You know, this person looks so young,’” Kent said in an interview.
“And I just [thought]: ‘Boy, they’re getting out of med school quickly now.”
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s narcotics unit, along with the Florida Department of Health, carried out an operation in which an undercover officer visited Love-Robinson’s office.
His arrest was culminated after physically examining the undercover officer and provided medical advice.
He was 18 years old at the time of his arrest, yet his profile on a medical review website listed his age as 25.
Love-Robinson served nearly 21 months in a maximum-security prison near Fort Myers for the crimes.