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Teen Arrested for Pretending to Be a Doctor

A Florida teen is accused for pretending to be a doctor ... again. And it's the kind of stuff we'd think we see in dramas like "Grey's Anatomy" instead of in real life.

Malachi Love-Robinson, 18, from West Palm Beach was arrested Tuesday and accused of practicing medicine without a license. An undercover sheriff's office agent posed as a patient at Love-Robinson's new office, called New Birth New Life Alternative Medicine and Urgent Care Clinic. The clinic—which claimed on its website to offer holistic and urgent care, immunization and physicals, and was staffed with alternative medicine professionals—held a grand opening celebration on January 16.

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The agent said Love-Robinson gave her medical advice after taking her temperature, blood pressure and listened to her lungs by using a stethoscope on her back.

Love-Robinson told the New York Times that the agent complained of an itchy throat. So he took her weight, checked her breathing and temperature, then recommended she visit a local pharmacy for allergy medication.

"I'm not trying to hurt people," Love-Robinson said. "I'm just a young black guy who opened up a practice who is trying to do some good in the community. If that is a negative thing, we have a lot more work to do in the community than to single out me. ... There were no scripts given, no medical advice given."

Members of the Palm Beach Narcotics Task Force and the Department of Health conducted the undercover operation on Tuesday after receiving a tip from the public that "a person who was portraying himself as a 25-year-old doctor was actually an 18-year-old," said Brad Dalton, a spokesman for the Florida Department of Health.

Love-Robinson claims he only practiced alternative medicine, had only five patients at New Birth New Life and never charged them a dime, made diagnoses or write prescriptions. He said he received a PhD from a private Christian university in California but did not name the institution or field. He also said he was certified by alternative medical organizations, including the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and the American Alternative Medical Association.

AADP director Donald Rosenthal told the New York Times that the credential doesn't allow people to diagnose or treat medical conditions, only consult and educate.

What's crazier? This isn't the first time the teen has posed as a medical professional.

In October 2015, officials found him working as a massage therapist at New Directions, a Boynton Beach treatment facility specializing in addiction recovery, for three weeks without holding an active license and issued him a cease and desist order. And more than a year ago, in January 2015, Love-Robinson was the then-unnamed teen whose story went viral when he posed as an OB-GYN for a month before he was discovered; he claimed he was only shadowing physicians and was not charged.

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The Palm Beach Post then reported that his mom told police he was off his medication and that he was suffering from an illness that was not disclosed. Love-Robinson said he was going through a "hard time and got a little overwhelmed" and the illness was a misunderstanding.

Love-Robinson is charged with a third degree felony and ordered by the Department of Health to cease and desist practicing medicine without a license. He was released from Palm Beach County Jail at 3:26 p.m. on Wednesday on $21,000 bail.

Photograph by: Twitter / New Birth New Life website

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