Accused 'Fake' Teen Doctor Arrested For Fraud, Identity Theft While Trying to Buy Luxury Car: Cops
A teenager accused of operating a fake medical clinic has been arrested again – this time for fraud and identity theft while trying to buy a $35,000 Jaguar, authorities said.
Malachi Love-Robinson, 19, has been charged with making false statements to obtain credit, obtaining money by false pretenses and identity fraud, according to the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office in Virginia.
He is being held without bail, according to The Free Lance-Star.
The teen had been free on bond pending grand theft and fraud charges in Florida and was not supposed to leave the state, authorities said.
Employees at Kargar Motors called sheriff’s deputies after Love-Robinson allegedly applied for a car loan with an elderly woman as a co-signer on Friday.
The teen told dealership workers he was a physician and was buying cars for himself and his godmother, employees told investigators.
They called authorities after doing an internet search for Love-Robinson, The Associated Press reported.
Deputies who arrived at the dealership questioned the elderly woman, who was not identified. She told investigators she had not given Love-Robinson permission to be listed as a co-signer and that she was a distant relative of Love-Robinson’s mother, authorities said.
The woman also said she had no knowledge of two iPads recently purchased with her credit card, deputies said. The devices were seized when deputies arrested Love-Robinson, the wire service reported.
The teen made international headlines in February when he was arrested in Florida for practicing medicine without a license. Authorities in Palm Beach County said Love-Robinson, then 18, was operating an illegal medical practice that featured an office in which Love-Robinson treated patients wearing a stethoscope and a lab coat.
He pleaded not guilty, saying he never claimed to be a medical doctor. He has also been charged with stealing more than $34,000 from an elderly patient, an allegation he also denies.
Love-Robinson was arrested in Florida last month and charged with grand theft for allegedly writing a bad check as the down payment on a car. He posted $8,000 and was released on bond, according to local media reports.