( 4UMF NEWS ) Fake Teen Doctor Arrested Again:
Malachi Love-Robinson, the 18-year-old arrested last month on accusations of impersonating a doctor, has been arrested again. Taken into custody Tuesday, the teen appeared in court Wednesday morning and was ordered by Judge Joseph Marx to undergo a mental health assessment.
Love-Robinson, of West Palm Beach, was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail shortly after 11 p.m. Tuesday on one count of larceny and five counts of using another person’s identification without consent, records show.
The teen’s latest charges stem from allegations that Love-Robinson was cashing checks stolen during house calls he made to an 86-year-old woman who said she found the 18-year-old through an online search.
An arrest report released Wednesday said Love-Robinson “criminally used” Anita Morrison’s checking account to make $34,504 toward payments for his auto loans and credit cards. Investigators said he used about $29,700 from Morrison’s checking account to pay Nissan auto loans, along with $3,000 to Citibank and almost $1,800 to Capital One, according to the report.
The teen was initially arrested on Feb. 16 on a charge of practicing medicine without a license. The arrest came after he gave physical exams and medical advice to people, including an undercover officer, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said.
Following his initial arrest, Love-Robinson was able to bond out of jail. On Wednesday, the judge also ordered no drugs, alcohol or weapons for Love-Robinson. The teen is also banned from practicing “any sort of medicine” while on supervised release and was also ordered not to have any contact Morrison.
The mental health assessment will have to be scheduled at the Jerome Golden Center within the next 48 hours, the judge ordered.
Morrison said in an interview with the Sun Sentinel in February that she was in “severe pain” from stomach complications and she thought Love-Robinson was a doctor who could help her.
Investigators said Love-Robinson gave the woman vitamins for her pain, and Morrison said the vitamins didn’t help. Payments she made to the doctor were supposed to go toward medical tests including an ultrasound and endoscopy, but she was told by Love-Robinson that the tests were delayed.
“Maybe I wanted to believe because I was in such pain,” Morrison said. “I just went along with it.”
Love-Robinson’s grandfather was at the hearing but didn’t speak during the hearing or afterward to reporters. His lawyer, West Palm Beach based criminal defense attorney Andrew Stine, was unable to be reached for comment despite a phone call Wednesday.
Since the original allegations came to light, Love-Robinson has found himself the subject of international media coverage. On Feb. 18 he walked out in the middle of an interview with the ABC television program “Good Morning America” after telling the interviewer he didn’t like the way he was being portrayed.
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