The Florida teen who made international headlines after allegedly posing as a doctor has pleaded guilty. Malachi Love-Robinson, now 20, pleaded guilty to practicing medicine without a license, grand theft and numerous fraud charges according to NBC Miami.
In 2016, he was arrested for impersonating a doctor. Police said he stole over $35,000 from one “patient” alone, an 86-year-old woman.
Now, Love-Robinson will serve three and a half years behind bars and he was ordered to pay restitution. He will have to pay $80,000, the Sun Sentinel reports. He was given credit for time already served. According to the Miami Herald, he already served 483 days.
Multiple complaints against Love-Robinson had piled up before his 2016 arrest, including an allegation that he gave a woman a gynecological exam.
“Love-Robinson has a history of presenting himself as a medical doctor and was previously Baker Acted by the city of West Palm Beach Police Department,” an arrest report states. Love-Robinson denied the allegations against him in an article published in 2016. In interviews, he denied ever taking money from patients.
Love-Robinson’s grandmother Rebecca McKenzie defended him after his court hearing on Thursday.
"What he was trying to do, he was trying to do for the better good and not harm anybody," she told WPTV. Love-Robinson’s grandfather parroted that sentiment.
"He was always trying to help people," he said. "He just made some wrong choices."
Love-Robinson reportedly referred to himself as “Dr. Love.”
He has already served jail time for another conviction. Last May he was sentenced to a year behind bars for making false statements while trying to purchase a Jaguar, the luxury car. Police said he lied in an attempt to get credit, according to NBC Miami.
[Photo: Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office]