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Florida Teen Who Pretended To Be A Doctor Is Sentenced To Three-And-A-Half Years In Prison

It takes around five years to train as a doctor. It’s long hours, in depth study and a lot of hard work.

Malachi Love-Robinson had the passion to be a doctor, but did not have the dedication to study for it.

So he decided to pose as a doctor. The Florida man not only impersonated a doctor, but stole from his patients.

News outlets report that a Palm Beach County judge sentenced 20-year-old Malachi Love-Robinson Thursday.

He pleaded guilty to grand theft, practicing medicine without a license and other charges. He has been sentenced to 3.5 years in prison.

Florida Teen Who Pretended To Be A Doctor Is Sentenced To Three-And-A-Half Years In Prison

His trial was scheduled to begin later this month.

Love-Robinson was facing a total of 14 criminal charges, according to the Sun Sentinel.

As part of his sentence, he must repay his victims $80,000 when he gets out of prison.

The fake doctor was arrested in February 2016 after law enforcement officials said he was practicing medicine without a license.

Authorities say he illegally operated a medical practice, complete with an office, a lab coat and stethoscope.

Florida Teen Who Pretended To Be A Doctor Is Sentenced To Three-And-A-Half Years In Prison

In order to catch the fake, police went undercover.

A female cop went to his office which he called ‘The New Birth New Life Medical Center.’ She complained of lethargy, sneezing and a sore throat.

He took the undercover officer’s temperature and also used a stethoscope to check her heart and lungs.

He then diagnosed her with allergies. Love-Robinson recommended she take an over-the-counter medication.

The police report said that Love-Robinson told the officer he was a doctor of homeopathic medicine. He also claimed to have a medical doctor on staff to prescribe antibiotics.

Florida Teen Who Pretended To Be A Doctor Is Sentenced To Three-And-A-Half Years In Prison
New Birth Life Holistic Center

Love-Robinson has defended his actions in several interviews. He denied ever telling anyone he was a medical doctor.

However, he has claimed in the past to have a PHD, but has never shown documentation or said what field it is in.

Florida Teen Who Pretended To Be A Doctor Is Sentenced To Three-And-A-Half Years In Prison

‘There are many types of degrees out there that hold the title of doctor – whether they are physicists or engineers,’ Love-Robinson told ABC.

‘Just because someone has the title of doctor in front of their name does not necessarily imply “MD.”‘

Love-Robinson was just 17 when he was found wandering around St. Mary’s Medical Center. He stole a doctor’s coat and spoke with patients.

Florida Teen Who Pretended To Be A Doctor Is Sentenced To Three-And-A-Half Years In Prison

He then filed paperwork and began his own ‘practice’. In court he pleaded guilty to stealing $35,000 from an elderly patient.

He previously pleaded guilty to charges in Virginia related to trying to buy a Lexus using a fake earnings statement.

He has been arrested numerous times.

In March he was charged with two counts of practicing medicine without a license.

He was also charged with two counts of practice of naturopathy without a license, three counts of forgery and two counts of grand theft from a person 65 or older.

If that’s not enough, he was also charged and three counts of fraudulent use of personal identification information.

Florida Teen Who Pretended To Be A Doctor Is Sentenced To Three-And-A-Half Years In Prison
New Birth Life Holistic Center

Then in August of 2016 he was arrested again.

He was accused of writing a bad check for $1,500 as a down payment for a car at West Palm Nissan in May 2015.

 

 

By pleading guilty, Love-Robinson avoided being sentenced to as much as 90 years in prison.

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