Florida Teen Arrested for Performing Exam as Fake Doctor, With Own Offices: Authorities

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By Erik Ortiz and Gemma DiCasimirro

He wasn't exactly Doogie Howser, M.D., according to police.

An 18-year-old Florida man is accused of posing as a licensed doctor, going as far as opening his own West Palm Beach offices — calling it the New Birth New Life ​Medical Center & Urgent Care, with a website and all — in order to solicit patients, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday.

As part of an undercover operation, authorities said, an agent posed as a patient at the clinic to seek advice from the alleged doctor, young Malachi A. Love-Robinson.

The teenager then performed a physical exam and offered his supposed medical expertise, officials added.

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He was subsequently arrested and booked for practicing medicine without a license.

The Palm Beach County Department of Health had previously investigated and cited the teen in October for the same scam, authorities said.

Health officials on Tuesday sent a cease-and-desist notice and also issued Love-Robinson several citations.

A message left at a phone number listed on the New Birth New Life Medical Center website on Tuesday was not immediately returned.

On the center's website, the facility bills itself as a "staff of Alternative Medical Professionals" that creates a holistic care plan for patients.

"We work together to serve your entire family for all of your medical needs in all stages of life," the site says.

It was unclear if any of the other people pictured on the website had anything to do with it at all or if they were just stock or stolen photos.

On the site, Love-Robinson in his biography is referred to as a "well rounded professional" who utilizes "physiological, psychological, and mechanical methods" to treat patients. Those methods range from air to water to phototherapy to "nature's remedies."

The bio doesn't list any schools or credentials Love-Robinson may have. No records are listed for him under the Florida Department of Health's website.

A message posted last Thursday on a Facebook page appearing to belong to Love-Robinson says he has been battling stage 2 kidney cancer and identity theft.

"This illness has given me a huge wake up call," the post reads. "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."