He’s no Doogie Howser, M.D.
A male, age 18, from Florida was arrested for posing as a licensed doctor and actually “opening” a medical office in West Palm Beach, which he called the New Birth New Life Medical Center and Urgent Care.
According to the sheriff’s office at Palm Beach County, the fake clinic was complete with a website and all, and served as a way for Malachi Love-Robinson to actually perform physical examinations on patients and solicit payment from them.
Love-Robinson was arrested and booked for medical practice without an actual license after allegedly performing an exam on an undercover agent and giving medical advice.
The county's department of health said that it already cited and investigated the teenager’s scam operations back in October. It also issued the suspect a number of citations, as well as a cease-and-desist order last Tuesday.
Investigations of the Palm Beach Narcotics Task Force showed that Love-Robinson had opened a medical facility at 4700 North Congress Avenue, Suite 303 in West Palm Beach. Even the building’s directory board said that the teen has a doctoral degree along with other certifications.
“I never thought it would happen in this building,” says oncologist Dr. Allen Schultz, whose clinic occupies the same floor and thought Suite 303 was empty until a couple of weeks ago.
“All of a sudden I saw the name on the door there,” he recalls, adding that he never saw the doctor or anybody working in that space.
The clinic’s website, NBNLMedicalCenter.com, offers a number of information on the fake operations, including a holistic care program from a staff of “Alternative Medical Professionals” who will work for patients’ “medical needs in all stages of life.”
Love-Robinson is described on the clinic site as a “well rounded professional” using a range of treatment methods, including air, water, and phototherapy.
According to doctor directory site HealthGrades.com, he is 25 years old and specializes in areas such as psychology, naturopathy, and mental health.
Last week, however, a published Facebook post that appears to belong to Love-Robinson (account now deactivated) states that he is currently afflicted with stage 2 kidney cancer and has also been suffering from identity theft.
"Although I trust my colleagues fullest and I am in great faith that I'll be ok always remember that Life can be very short so make the best out of it,” the post said.