He served prison time for posing as a doctor. Now he’s been arrested again for fraud, grand theft

Wayne K. Roustan, South Florida Sun Sentinel

Malachi Love-Robinson, known as “Dr. Love,” a once cherub-faced South Florida teen who gained notoriety — and a stint in prison — for practicing medicine without a license, is back in legal trouble.

Love-Robinson, now 23, of West Palm Beach, was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail at 9:15 a.m. Thursday on charges of grand theft and fraud. He was released on $2,000 bond about 8 p.m., records show.

According to the arrest report, Love-Robinson was a contract employee for a freight company in Delray Beach when he allegedly diverted more than $9,000 of customers’ payments into his personal account in March.

The owner of United States of Freight had screenshots of text message conversations with Love-Robinson that read he “can’t say how truly sorry” he is, that he is “doing everything [he] can to make it right,” and that, “I don’t want to go back to jail,” the arrest report stated.

Love-Robinson was released from prison in September 2019 after serving nearly two years of a three-and-a-half-year sentence for practicing medicine without a license.

His ruse made national headlines as investigators unraveled a trail of deceit that included fraudulent diplomas, a fake name badge and a real stethoscope.

He was first accused of masquerading as a doctor in January 2015. Then 17, he wore a doctor’s white lab coat at St. Mary’s Medical Center and walked in on at least one gynecological exam, according to a West Palm Beach police report.

The medical clinic he fraudulently opened in Boynton Beach was closed in October 2015 after the Florida of Department of Health discovered that he was not a licensed physician. There was no record of an arrest made.

He continued to pose as a doctor, and was arrested in early 2016 after performing a physical exam on an undercover officer at an office he had opened in West Palm Beach, according to police records.

That same year, Love-Robinson was accused of stealing more than $35,000 from an 86-year-old West Palm Beach woman during several house calls made to her residence under the guise of treating her severe intestinal pain. She later testified her bank account was emptied.

While free on bond awaiting trial in Palm Beach County, Love-Robinson was arrested in Virginia in September 2016 and accused of trying to buy a $35,000 Jaguar by using his 73-year-old godmother’s personal information without her permission. He was convicted in 2017 and served a year in jail there before being brought back for his trial in South Florida.

He was looking at up to 90 years in prison, but struck a deal and pled guilty in 2018 to practicing naturopathy without a license and grand theft.

Sun Sentinel reporter Marc Freeman and news partners WPEC-CBS12 contributed to this story.

Wayne K. Roustan can be reached at wkroustan@sunsentinel.com or 561-379-6119 or on Twitter @WayneRoustan