Florida teen accused of posing as physician back in custody in Virginia

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A 19-year-old who was arrested earlier this year for allegedly practicing medicine without a license is in police custody in Virginia for allegedly using an elderly woman's credit cards without her permission, according to the Palm Beach Post.

Malachi Love-Robinson was arrested in February and charged with practicing medicine without a license. He allegedly performed physical exams and gave medical advice to people — including an undercover officer — at an illegal medical office he ran in West Palm Beach, Fla. Mr. Love-Robinson was also charged with grand theft earlier this year for cashing checks he allegedly stole during house calls with an 86-year-old patient.

After posting bail of $26,000, Mr. Love-Robinson was free while awaiting trial in Florida. However, he was arrested in Virginia last week for using an elderly woman's credit cards to buy two iPads and a cell phone. He also brought the confused woman to a car dealership and told workers at the dealership that she had agreed to cosign for a car, according to police.

A finance director at the dealership thought Mr. Love-Robinson's story was suspicious — the teen introduced the elderly woman as his mother, his aunt and then as his godmother — and contacted local authorities after looking him up on the internet. The elderly woman told investigators she had never agreed to cosign for a car for Mr. Love-Robinson.

Mr. Love-Robinson will remain in Rappahannock Regional Jail in Stafford, Va., until he's returned to Palm Beach County Jail Nov. 18 — the date of his next court date in the Florida case.

The Florida trial was originally slated to begin in September, but last month it was postponed until November to allow Mr. Love-Robinson's lawyer time to explore whether an insanity defense is viable. However, Mr. Love-Robinson's lawyer subsequently withdrew as counsel for the teenager, saying that an ethical issue prevented him from continuing his involvement in the suit, according to the Palm Beach Post

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