Malachi Love-Robinson is accused of impersonating a physician – and not for the first time
An 18-year-old in West Palm Beach, Florida, was arrested Tuesday and charged with masquerading as a physician without a license, PEOPLE confirms – and this isn’t the first time his Doogie Howser aspirations have landed him in trouble.
Malachi Love-Robinson was arrested after an undercover operation by the Palm Beach Narcotics Task Force and the Florida Department of Health, police said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE.
Love-Robinson performed a physical exam on an undercover agent and offered medical advice at his New Birth, New Life Alternative Medicine and Urgent Care Clinic at 4700 N. Congress Ave., police said.
He was immediately arrested and charged with a third-degree felony, reports WPBF-TV, which conducted its own investigation into the teen in recent weeks after receiving a tip from the public.
“I’m hurt because of all of these allegations,” Love-Robinson told WPBF as he was led away in handcuffs. “This is not the first time I have been accused, and I will pursue this.”
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Indeed, this isn’t Love-Robinson’s first brush with the law. In early 2015, when he was 17, he was allegedly caught posing as a doctor in a pregnant woman’s exam room at St. Mary’s Medical Center, WPBF said.
Police said at the time that he had been roaming the halls for more than a month, but that he’d committed no crime. He was not publicly named at the time, as he was a minor.
Dr. Sebastian Kent, an OB/GYN on the St. Mary’s Medical Center campus, told the Sun Sentinel that Love-Robinson was a smooth talker who tried to gain the trust of the real doctors.
“This guy can schmooze his way around, he can tell any story you want to hear,” Kent said. “That’s what he tried to do with me – he tried to ingratiate himself with me so I would take him around, and after a while it started to not make sense to me. I thought something was wrong.”
Love-Robinson posted bond at 3:26 a.m. Wednesday and was released from jail, reports WPTV-TV.