In West Palm Beach, Fla., 18-year-old Malachi Love-Robinson was arrested by the Palm Beach Narcotics Task Force and the Florida Department of Health last Tuesday for masquerading as a physician without a license.

Love-Robinson performed a physical exam on and offered medical advice to an undercover agent at his New Birth, New Life Alternative Medicine and Urgent Care Clinic at 4700 N. Congress Ave. He was immediately arrested and charged with a third-degree felony.

WPBF-TV had conducted its own investigation into the teen the past few weeks after receiving a tip from the public. WPBF also reports that Love-Robinson was allegedly caught posing as a doctor in a pregnant woman’s exam room in 2015, when he was 17, at St. Mary’s Medical Center. The doctors at the hospital told the Sun Sentinel said that he was a smooth talker, able to gain the trust of real doctors. At the time he had been roaming the hospital for over a month, but that he’d committed no crime, and because he was a minor, he was not publicly named at the time.

When WPBF-TV interviewed Love-Robinson, the teen admitted that he was that he was the teen at St. Mary’s, but claims that he had permission to shadow the doctors and wasn’t impersonating a doctor at all. He had been there wearing a St. Mary’s embroidered lab coat, a face mask, and a stethoscope. When the police detained him “he told police that he’d been a doctor for years and that his family would vouch for him. What kind of doctor? He didn’t say. But the teen later told police he’d never attended medical school.”

In the interview he also says he has never claimed to be a “medical doctor” (although on a sign for his clinic there is an M.D. after his name which is now taped over) but instead, a “natural doctor.”

On the website healthgrades.com, Love-Robinson calls himself a “well rounded professional that treats and cares for patients, using a system of practice that bases treatment of physiological functions and abnormal conditions on natural laws governing the human body.” The first-person description goes on to cite methods of “air, water, light, heat, earth, phototherapy, food and herb therapy, psychotherapy, electrotherapy, physiotherapy, naturopathic corrections and manipulation, and natural methods or modalities, together with natural medicines, natural processed foods, and herbs and nature’s remedies” for treatment. (The website entry no longer exists but is quoted in an article from Fox 2 Now.)

Love-Robinson explains that he just “has a passion for helping people” and talks about his extensive (but vague) experience, “I’ve done a lot of courses in institutions locally and some non-locally and alternative medicine. I’ve attended many conventions and conferences. I’ve done many exams…”

He ends his interview saying, “And I’m not stopping. And Palm Beach county should look forward to office number two in the next coming years.”

A detective from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office contacted WPBF late Tuesday afternoon saying that an 86-year-old woman said that Love-Robinson paid her a home visit when she wasn’t feeling well and told her she needed to go to the hospital. The woman said she gave Love-Robinson her purse to put back in her home as she was being put into an ambulance. Investigators believe that he then stole the old woman’s checks and has been cashing them around town.

“I’m hurt because of all of these allegations,” said Love-Robinson while he was being taken away in handcuffs. WPTV-TV reports that Love-Robinson posted bond on Wednesday at 3:26 a.m. and was released from jail.

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