Teen Posed as a Doctor to Open His Own Medical Clinic: Officials
It's like a scene from Catch Me If You Can.
But in this case it's a Florida teen who police say managed to pose as a doctor and allegedly even open his own medical practice.
And authorities reportedly think he's done it before.
This month, the Palm Beach Narcotics Task Force arrested 18-year-old Malachi Love-Robinson of West Palm Beach following an undercover investigation into a medical office he allegedly set up there.
Following up on a complaint, an undercover investigator entered the West Palm Beach clinic, where they say Love-Robinson performed a physical examination on the agent and offered medical advice Tuesday.
"Love-Robinson was arrested by PBNTF and booked on the charge of practicing medicine without a license. Department of Health served a notice to cease and desist and issued Love-Robinson several citations," the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.
A website for New Birth New Life Medical Center & Urgent Care, LLC in West Palm Beach could still be viewed as of Wednesday morning appeared to show Love-Robinson. He is listed as CEO, president and founder whose credentials are "PhD, HHP-C, AMP-C."
Also listed on the website's staff section are two women, one listed as an administrator and the other an honorary doctor of divinity.
These allegations made against anyone would be shocking, much less when they're against an 18-year-old. Even more shocking: state officials believe Love-Robinson has posed as a doctor twice before.
According to the Florida Department of Health, back in January 2015, Love-Robinson posed as a doctor at St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach where authorities said he was walking around with a lab coat embroidered with the word "anesthesiology" and a stethoscope.
Police determined that no crime had been committed. Love-Robinson later told reporters that he wasn't posing as a doctor.
Then, in December, the Florida Dept. of Health filed a cease and desist order to Love-Robinson, who they say was practicing or attempting to practice medicine at a facility called New Directions in Boyton Beach.
A second cease and desist was issued Tuesday and references the New Birth New Life Medical Center.
Love-Robinson was arrested and charged with practicing medicine without a license. He was released on bond the following morning.
Love-Robinson held a press conference Wednesday night, but arrived 30 minutes late.
The teen declined to answer questions, NBC Miami reported. He asked the community to pray for him.
"I am deeply saddened and a little disrespected by some of the things that have come forth," he said. "My attorneys are working hard, they're working around the clock to make sure this issue gets resolved in the best way possible."