Malachi Love-Robinson, Teen Accused of Posing as Doctor, Storms Out on Good Morning America

Malachi Love-Robinson, age 18, was arrested Tuesday in West Palm Beach for allegedly opening his own medical practice, marketing himself as a doctor, and taking more than $3,500 from an elderly woman.

The latest in a string of bad decisions, the teenager appeared on Good Morning America this morning in a taped interview segment with ABC News' Matt Gutman. After refusing to answer some very basic questions about the way his practice ran, Love-Robinson walked out of the interview.

"Are you a doctor of anything? Anything at all?" Gutman asked.

"I do currently hold a PhD," Love-Robinson replied. "In what, I don't feel comfortable disclosing, because that is not the issue here."

"But you weren't in med school?" Gutman later asked.

"Exactly," Love-Robinson replied. Minutes later, he ripped off his earpiece claiming that he didn't like the tone of ABC's questions. He then stormed away from the cameras.

The charges against Love-Robinson are staggering: According to a statement released by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, the teenager, who was born in 1997, had opened a medical practice at 4700 N. Congress Ave. in West Palm Beach. When the sheriff's department sent an undercover agent into Love-Robinson's office, the teenager allegedly gave the agent a physical exam and then medical advice. Love-Robinson was arrested on Tuesday and has since posted bond. He is also accused of having stolen and forged checks from an elderly patient. 

Love-Robinson had been investigated in January 2015 after he was found to have entered a patient exam room at St. Mary’s Hospital. He claimed to have been shadowing a doctor but did not name the doctor, and the hospital says shadowing doctors is not allowed. No charges were filed in that incident.

Love-Robinson was also ordered to stop practicing massage therapy without a license last October, the Palm Beach Post reports. In an interview with the newspaper, the teenager vowed to clear his name, and then said, "I will be the best M.D. the world has ever seen.”

Love-Robinson's TV interview follows a bizarres news conference yesterday. Love-Robinson convened it it, purportedly to explain that the charges stemmed from a misunderstanding. But he took only one question and said little besides, “Everyone is entitled to their opinion.”

When the New York Times reached Love-Robinson by phone yesterday, he claimed to have received a PhD  (though he wouldn't specify from what institution) as well as a certification in "alternative health care" from the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, a holistic health organization that says it sent his certification after he had provided copies of other diplomas. 

Watch the TV interview here.
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Jerry Iannelli is a staff writer for Miami New Times. He graduated with honors from Temple University. He then earned a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University. He moved to South Florida in 2015.
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