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An 18-year-old man who pretended to be a doctor was arrested Tuesday for practicing medicine without a license, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said.
Deputies arrested Malachi Love-Robinson after conducting an undercover investigation at his medical office in West Palm Beach, Florida.
He was charged with fraudulently practicing medicine and was served a notice to cease and desist by the Palm Beach County Department of Health. The health department also issued several citations.
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A person with knowledge of the situation said Love-Robinson also pretended to be a doctor last year at St. Mary's Medical Center. Investigators at the time said the then-17-year-old wandered the hospital's halls wearing a coat and stethoscope, but did not enter any patient rooms or perform any medical treatments. No charges were filed.
At the time, his mother told police he was diagnosed with an illness and refused to take medication. The name of the illness was redacted from an incident report.
The Palm Beach Narcotics Task Force and the Florida Department of Health began investigating a complaint about Love-Robinson on Feb. 4. Love-Robinson was investigated and cited by the health department in October 2015, the sheriff’s office said.
The investigation showed that he opened a medical office at 4700 Congress Ave, suite 303. During the undercover investigation, Love-Robinson performed a physical exam on an undercover agent and offered medical advice, the sheriff's office said.
He had an online profile that claimed he had a PhD, said he could treat several illnesses and accepted insurance at his clinic. The page has since been taken down.
Updated at 12:16 p.m. ET Wednesday to add additional information.
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