Cops: Fake Teen Doctor Opened Own Office

He moved into fake private practice after medical center bust
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 17, 2016 5:44 AM CST
Updated Feb 17, 2016 7:01 AM CST
Dr. Howser, I presume?   (Palm Beach Sheriff's Office)

(Newser) – Visitors to the New Birth New Life Medical Center and Urgent Care offices in West Palm Beach, Fla., may have noticed that Dr. Malachi Love-Robinson looked a little young to be a doctor. That's because he's only 18 years old—and he isn't a doctor. Police say the Doogie Howser wannabe was arrested after an undercover officer posed as a patient and received a physical exam and medical advice from the teen, NBC News reports. He has been charged with practicing medicine without a license, and authorities say he was cited by the state health department for doing the same thing a few months ago. On the medical office's website, Love-Robinson poses in a white coat and describes himself as a "well-rounded professional."

According to WPBF, Love-Robinson is the same teenager who posed as an OB-GYN at St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach for a month last year. He admitted to the station last month that he was that teen, but he claimed he wasn't impersonating a doctor when he roamed the medical center wearing a lab coat and stethoscope. "I requested to shadow physicians—next thing I know, cops are there, that's all I know," he said. Love-Robinson also apparently made house calls: A Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office spokesman tells WPBF that an 86-year-old woman alleges that Love-Robinson visited her house when she was sick, told her she needed to go to a hospital—and stole her checkbook. (Patients became suspicious when this "doctor" kept bumming rides.)

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