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‘Dr. Love’ released from Florida prison after serving 20 months for pretending to be physician and stealing from patient


"Dr. Love" is free.

The 22-year-old Florida man who served 20 months behind bars for pretending to be a doctor and stealing from a patient was released from prison on Monday.

Malachi Love-Robinson was a teenager when authorities say he illegally practiced medicine out of a West Palm Beach office. He also tricked an older woman into giving him $35,000.

Love-Robinson had been sentenced to 3-and-a-half years in prison, but was given credit for time served before his sentencing. He also spent one year in a Virginia prison for providing false information while attempting to buy a car.

“Dr. Love,” as he called himself, was just 18 when he was busted by police in February of 2016 after they had received a tip about his unauthorized practice. An online bio for New Birth New Life Medical Center & Urgent Care showed the teen in a white lab coat and boasted of his talents.

“Dr. Malachi A. Love-Robinson is a well rounded professional that treats and cares for patients, using a system of practice that bases treatment of physiological functions and abnormal conditions on natural laws governing the human body,” read the bio.

His grandfather told the Sun Sentinel newspaper in 2016 that Love-Robinson never claimed to be a medical doctor.

“He’s not out doing drugs, he’s not out trying to rob nobody,” William Robinson told the newspaper. “He’s trying to do something constructive, and if he did do something and the paperwork wasn’t right — he can get ahead of himself sometimes and he may have been trying too hard.”

Love-Robinson received the prison sentence after pleading guilty to multiple charges, including practicing medicine without a license and grand theft.

With News Wire Services