Fake Teen Doctor Indicted for Fraud
A Florida teenager already facing charges for masquerading as a doctor has been indicted for fraud, NBC News reports.
Malachi Love-Robinson has been indicted by a Virginia grand jury for attempting to illegally purchase a $35,000 Jaguar, officials said Wednesday. The 19-year-old was arrested on Sept. 9 in Stafford, Virginia, after allegedly providing fake earnings statements at a car dealership.
At the time, Love-Robinson was accompanied by an elderly woman who he reportedly identified as his mother.
“The employees there became suspicious of the situation due to some of the things Mr. Love-Robinson was saying,” the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office said in the release. “They Googled his name and found that a subject with the same name had been arrested numerous times on fraud type charges in the state of Florida.”
The workers told Love-Robinson they were running a credit check, but called police instead. They then notified the alleged bogus doctor that his credit application had been approved and to come collect his car. When Love-Robinson arrived, detectives were waiting for him.
Love-Robinson insisted the woman had agreed to sign on the loan. But she told police “she had no intention of doing so” and was surprised when investigators told her that “there were two other loan applications submitted in the last couple days with her information.”
Authorities also checked with the woman’s credit card company. They discovered that “there had been a $1200.00 charge the day before for two iPads and a cell phone that she had not purchased,” the release states.
Those items were confiscated from Love-Robinson after he was detained, the sheriff’s office said. He was indicted on charges of false statements to obtain credit, obtaining money by false pretenses, and identity fraud.
In February, the teen was arrested in Palm Beach County, Florida, for practicing medicine without a license, forgery, grand theft and other charges. Under the terms of his pre-trial release, Love-Robinson had been ordered to remain in the state. He never told authorities he was going to Virginia, and as a result, a judge revoked his $26,000 bond.
The teen has no official medical training, but allegedly operated out of a clinic in West Palm Beach, Florida, and was arrested after giving an undercover cop a physical.
Following his arrest, an elderly patient accused Love-Robinson of looting her checking account of over $34,500. In March, Love-Robinson said the whole situation has been “blown out of proportion.”