Cops: Teen Doctor Arrested Again, This Time For Allegedly Stealing $34,000 From Elderly Patient
Malachi Love-Robinson, 18, was previously arrested and charged with practicing medicine without a license.
The Florida teen accused of being a fake physician has been ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation after being arrested on new charges alleging he stole more than $34,000 from an 86-year-old patient, authorities said.
Love-Robinson was arrested Tuesday by Palm Beach County Sheriff's deputies on charges he stole $34,504 from the elderly woman he was treating during home visits.
Love-Robinson did not speak Wednesday and did not enter a plea.
Deputies said the teen allegedly used the stolen funds to make car and credit card payments. He faces one count of larceny and five counts of using another person's identification without consent, records show, according to the Sun Sentinel.
The teen was arrested last month and charged with practicing medicine without a license after an undercover police officer posed as a patient in his West Palm Beach clinic, authorites said.
He has denied any wrongdoing, claiming he has a doctorate degree from the Universal Life Church, which sells them online for $29.95, The AP reported.
He had been out on bond following his February arrest.
He told INSIDE EDITION last week that his "intentions were pure" and that he never said he was a medical doctor.
Explaining his treatment of the undercover officer, he said, "We put her in a triage room where we took her weight, her blood pressure and her temperature,” he said. “There is no law that says you have to be a doctor to take someone's blood pressure. This is a free country; anyone with the funds to open a clinic can open a clinic.”
Love-Robinson's attorney, Andrew Stine, told journalists outside court Wednesday, "I think we lose sight of who he is. He's really just a child. I know he's a grown man in the eyes of the law. ... The point is he's still a young man."
Stine also compared Love-Robinson's "entrepreneurial spirit" to Donald Trump and Bill Gates.
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