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, 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.
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 messages alleged to be from Love-Robinson that read “I don’t want to go back to jail,” and “doing everything [I] can to make it right,” the arrest report stated.
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.
Ten months later, a medical clinic he fraudulently opened in Boynton Beach was shuttered 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, and later convicted 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.
Love-Robinson was arrested in September 2016 in Virginia while free on bond and awaiting trial in Palm Beach County. He was accused of trying to buy a $35,000 Jaguar using his 73-year-old godmother’s personal information without her permission. He was convicted in 2017 and served a year in a Virginia jail, then was extradited to face trial in South Florida.
Love-Robinson was looking at up to 90 years in prison, but struck a deal with Palm Beach County prosecutors and pleaded guilty in 2018 to practicing naturopathy without a license and grand theft.