West Palm Beach, FL – A con artist previously convicted of posing as a doctor and practicing medicine without a license when he was just 18 has been sentenced to more than two years behind bars for stealing from his employer.
Malachi Love-Robinson, 25, pleaded guilty to organized scheme to defraud and grand theft in Palm Beach County for stealing more than $10,000 from his boss after being released from his last prison stint, the Associated Press reported.
He was sentenced to 28 months in prison last week, according to WTVJ.
Love-Robinson, who was released from prison in 2019 on his previous convictions, had been out on the street for just 15 months before he was arrested on the new charges, WPBF reported.
Investigators said he was working as a contract employee for United States of Freight, a Delray Beach freight company, when he began having customers send payments to accounts he controlled instead of having them pay directly to the company, according to WTVJ.
He pocketed more than $10,000 before he was busted, the Associated Press reported.
“I swear I wasn’t thinking and I will make it right,” Love-Robinson told his boss in a text after he was confronted, according to BuzzFeed News. “I get these compulsive stages and do things without thinking.”
Love-Robinson made national headlines back in 2016, when the then-18-year-old was arrested for opening a fake medical practice called The New Birth New Life Medical Center.
He identified himself as “Dr. Love,” WTVJ reported.
Investigators said Love-Robinson stole more than $35,000 from an 86-year-old woman while he was making house calls to her home under the guise of treating her for the severe intestinal pain she was experiencing, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
He stole another $20,000 from a doctor, WTVJ reported.
The ruse came to an end after the fake doctor examined and treated a female undercover law enforcement officer who was pretending to be a patient.
“I just wanted to say I am deeply saddened and a little disrespected by some of the things that have come forth,” Love-Robinson said during a press conference after his arrest, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
While out on bond and awaiting trial for practicing medicine without a license in September of 2016, Love-Robinson was arrested in Virginia for attempting to purchase a $35,000 Jaguar while using his 73-year-old godmother’s personal information without her knowledge, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
He was convicted of that offense and served a year in jail in Virginia before being extradited back to Florida.
Love-Robinson faced a maximum sentence of 90 years in prison in Florida, but ended up with a brief sentence after agreeing to plead guilty to charges of grand theft and practicing naturopathy without a license, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.