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'Fake' teenage doctor charged after attempting to treat undercover police officer

18-year-old Malachi Love-Robinson has been accused of setting up a fake medical practice in Palm Beach, Florida.

sheriff Malachi Love-Robinson Source: PBSO/Facebook

A TEENAGER charged with operating a fake medical practice has defended his actions.

18-year-old Malachi Love-Robinson was arrested and charged after providing treatment and medical advice to an undercover police officer.

He has since been bailed.

He has been charged with practicing medicine without a licence, together with stealing, cashing and forging personal cheques on behalf of an 86-year-old patient in West Palm Beach, Florida.

medical Love-Robinson's bio on the medical centre's website

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“Our investigation revealed that Love-Robinson had opened a medical office at 4700 North Congress Avenue, suite 303, West Palm Beach, Florida and was presenting himself as a medically-certified doctor,” the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said.

Love-Robinson has since said that he only wished to practice holistic medicine, while his calling himself a doctor is an acknowledgement that he holds a PhD he earned online, and not any claim to medical qualifications.

sheriff2 Source: PBSO/Facebook

“This was me simply trying to do something for the community in a light that I saw that was needed,” he said in an interview with WPTV, a Palm Beach tv channel.

The teenager’s medical facility, the New Birth New Life Medical Centre & Urgent Care, describes him as “a well rounded professional that treats, and cares for patients, using a system of practice that bases treatment of physiological functions and abnormal conditions on natural laws governing the human body” on its website.

His Facebook page reportedly once boasted scans of certificates from the American Alternative Medical Association and American Association of Drugless Practitioners.

That Facebook page has since been disabled.

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