A good reminder to check your doctor out online first, thoroughly - reviews, eductiona, law suits, etc. 18 year old Malachi Love-Robinson was arrested on Tuesday afternoon for posing as a medical doctor, practicing medicine without a license. Unlike Leonardi DiCaprio in the movie "Catch Me If you Can", based on the true story of Frank Abagnale Jr., Love-Robinson was the head of his own practice, according to his md website - President, CRO, and founder, with at least two other people working there. Yes, checking a doctor's personal website is not enough. Or even on a website such as HealthGrades.com where he had a profile that has been removed since his arrest - the profile errnoeously states he is 25 years old and a "well rounded proffessional" (his spelling of the word):
"I utilize physiological, psychological, and mechanical methods, such as air, water, light, heat, earth (to treat patients)," the profile said.
HealthGrades says the information was supplied by or on behalf of the provider.
Or a Facebook event posting an "official event" - he had one for Jabuary 16 - a "grand opening celebration" for the New Birth Life Medical Center, where the arrest was made Tuesday.
An undercover office visited Love-Robinson's office and was able to do the arrest on the spot:
Love-Robinson physically examined the officer and provided medical advice, said the statement, which detailed a nearly two-week investigation that culminated in Tuesday's arrest.
As police led Love-Robinson out of his office in handcuffs, he said, "I'm hurt because of the accusations and allegations, but like I said, this is not the first time where I've been accused and I will pursue this, and when I do, you guys will know," according to CNN affiliate WPBF.
In a brief phone conversation with CNN, Love-Robinson said he would not grant any interviews but would present a statement outside his office Wednesday afternoon.
"I will have a legal representative there," he said with no elaboration before hanging up.
"When he crossed the line and started giving a physical and offering to treat the undercover agent, we were able to issue him a cease-and-desist for the unlicensed practice of medicine," [Florida Department of Health spokesman Brad Dalton told CNN] said.
Love-Robinson actually did grant an interview on Nightline Thursday night, but cut the interview short after being asked about his degrees and not liking the tone of the interview. He did say he has a Ph.D, but declined to specify what field it is in, claiming it has nothing to do with the case.
Love-Robinson had already received a cease-and-desist notice in October for practicing medicine without a license, after the police received a tip. Jimmy Kimmel reported tongight that last year Love-Robinson was caught posing as a gynocologist, but seems like that is another teenage "Dr. Robinson" who ultimately was not charged for introducing himself as a doctor and being inside the exam room when a real Dr. Kent conducted the exam:
“The individual never had contact with any hospital patients and did not gain access to any patient care areas of the hospital at any time. The hospital immediately notified local authorities, who took the individual into custody, and we are cooperating with their ongoing investigation.”
The teen’s mother rushed to the scene, saying her son has an illness.
She said he had not been taking his medication.
Jimmy Kimmel, do you need an extra fact checker?! Love your show!