Florida Teen Accused Earlier of Posing as Doctor Arrested at Virginia Car Dealership
Mike Eladlani/Josephina Morris/Kargar Motors Stafford VA(STAFFORD, Va.) — A Florida teen who was accused earlier this year of posing as a doctor was arrested at a northern Virginia car dealership Friday, police said.
Malachi Love-Robinson, 19, was charged with “three fraud-type offenses” after trying to purchase a Lexus at Kargar Motors in Stafford with an elderly woman as his co-signer, said Donald Lenhart, spokesman for the Stafford County Sheriff’s Department.
The teen, who told the car dealership he is a 19-year-old doctor, is being held at Rappahannock Regional Jail, Lenhart said.
According to Kargar Motors’ finance manager, William Park, Love-Robinson initially submitted an online inquiry about a Jaguar that was for sale at the dealership and said he was seeking credit approval. The car had already been sold by the time he showed up in person on Friday, so a salesperson showed him a 2013 Lexus instead.
Love-Robinson was with an elderly woman, allegedly his great aunt, who was going to be a co-signer, Park said, adding that when the young man said he was a doctor making $120,000 a year, it raised a red flag.
Park told ABC News he immediately recalled a story earlier this year about a 19-year-old accused of practicing medicine without a license in Florida. When he did an online search, the purported doctor’s name matched that of the customer who was at the dealership. The dealership called police and the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office arrested Love-Robinson at the site around 6 p.m. local time, Park said.
Love-Robinson’s attorney, Andrew Stein, did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment Saturday.
Love-Robinson, who officials say was known to some unsuspecting clients as “Dr. Love,” was arrested in mid-February after he allegedly gave a medical examination to an undercover sheriff’s office agent posing as a patient.
Authorities say the teenager fooled his victims with an elaborate website and biography in which he called himself a “well-rounded professional” who uses psychotherapy, electrotherapy and other techniques to treat patients, according to ABC affiliate WPBF-TV in West Palm Beach.
Love-Robinson was at the time charged with two counts of practicing medicine without a license, one count of grand theft larceny and four counts of fraud. He was also ordered by the Department of Health to cease and desist practicing medicine without a license, officials told WPBF.
Love-Robinson spoke to ABC News following that initial arrest, defending his actions, saying that all he faced at the moment were “accusations.”
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