Most 18-year-olds that were interested in becoming a doctor would major in pre-med and get an internship at a clinic or a hospital. Malachi Love-Robinson, however, decided to bypass the formalities and cut straight to the chase.
Without any schooling or accreditations, the South Florida teen opened a medical office in West Palm Beach. According to his company website Robinson claimed to have his PhD and be the CEO of New Birth New Life Medical Center & Urgent Care. Robinson promoted his services as a general practitioner on a Facebook page as well as on a women’s health website.
The Florida Health Department sent a cease-and-desist letter to his office warning Robinson about misrepresenting himself as a medical professional.
A Palm Beach Narcotics Task Force agent made an appointment with Robinson who was subsequently arrested while attempting to give the undercover officer a physical.
William Robinson, Love-Robinson’s grandfather has been defending his grandson in the media. He claims the teen is a “holistic doctor” who received certificates of completion from several online schools though he couldn’t recall from which institutions.
“He’s not out doing drugs, he’s not out trying to rob nobody,” Robinson said. “He’s trying to do something constructive, and if he did do something and the paperwork wasn’t right — he can get ahead of himself sometimes and he may have been trying too hard, but he had good intentions.”
Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time Robinson was caught lying about his medical credentials. In January 2015, he was caught peeking into women’s gynecology appointments at St. Mary’s Medical Center. He walked around the facility in a white lab coat and introduced himself to patients as as an anesthesiologist.
According to the Sun Sentinel, he was briefly detained for the previous incident but ultimately no charges were filed.
This time, Love-Robinson faces a third-degree felony charge of fraudulently practicing medicine.