Malachi Love-Robinson, 18, stole more than $34,000 from a client, authorities say
The teen was charged with practicing medicine without a license last month
A teenager who authorities say impersonated a doctor has been arrested again and now faces charges of fraud and larceny.
CNN affiliate WPBF reports that Malachi Love-Robinson, 18, turned himself in Tuesday night, according to the Palm Beach County, Florida, Sheriff’s Office.
Authorities say Love-Robinson used the checking account information from one of his clients to pay off more than $34,000 in car payments.
He appeared before a judge Wednesday and was ordered to undergo a mental examination. The teen was granted supervised released.
His attorney at the time, Andrew Stine, spoke highly of his client to CNN affiliate WPTV.
Despite the new charges, Stine spoke highly of his client in an interview with CNN affiliate WPTV.
Love-Robinson was charged last month by authorities with practicing medicine without a license.
He has denied the claims.
“I’m not portraying as an M.D. I never said I’ve gone to school to be an M.D.,” he told ABC News.
Authorities in Florida carried out an operation in which an undercover officer visited Love-Robinson’s office, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office.
Love-Robinson physically examined the officer and provided medical advice, said the statement, which detailed a nearly two-week investigation that culminated in his arrest.
As police led Love-Robinson out of his office in handcuffs, he said, “I’m hurt because of the accusations and allegations. But like I said, this is not the first time where I’ve been accused and I will pursue this. And when I do, you guys will know,” according to WPBF.
The website for Love-Robinson’s practice lists the teen as its president, CEO and founder. It refers to Love-Robinson as “Dr.” and places acronyms after his name, including Ph.D. and HHP-C, which is used for those involved in home health and personal care. A Ph.D. is generally not a medical degree.
CNN’s Tina Burnside, Keith Allen, Jeffrey Acevedo and Joseph Netto contributed to this report.