After Florida authorities dragged Malachi Love-Robinson back to prison for his third alleged fraud in less than 10 years, the question is now what next?. Malachi became well-known in 2016 when, at the age of 18, he built a phony clinic while posing as a doctor and used both to steal thousands of dollars. The 25-year-old was sentenced to two years and four months in jail last week in Palm Beach County, Florida. He admitted to grand theft and a planned scam after entering his guilty plea.
The former phony doctor, whose court records BuzzFeed News has examined, was a marketer in 2020. The United States of Freight, Love-company, Robinson’s helps shippers with a variety of transportation issues, including connecting them with trucking firms. Malachi admitted to stealing more than $10,000 while working for another person. By instructing clients to make payments to an account registered in his name instead of the business’s approved accounts, he was able to steal the money. Venmo and Paypal were used to pay Love-Robinson as well. After business owner Dan O’Sullivan spoke with consumers about their payments, Malachi’s scam was made public. The former Doctor Love acknowledged to taking direct money via text messages after O’Sullivan challenged Malachi. After his initial arrest in January 2021, he was given a 28-month prison term.
As previously reported, Malachi rose to fame at the age of 18 as he dominated the headlines with his complex medical plan. Love-Robinson not only established a fictitious clinic under the name of The New Birth New Life Medical Center but also pretended to be a medical expert. He ultimately took $20,000 from a licensed doctor and around $30,000 from an elderly woman. In 2016, after consulting with and treating an undercover police officer, authorities detained him. He was accused of forgery, big theft, and illegally practicing medicine. He was granted bail, with the requirement that he apply for permission to leave the state. That following month, Malachi gave ABC News an exclusive interview where he discussed the accusations. He insisted that although expressing a lifelong interest in naturopathic medicine, he did not pretend to be a doctor of medicine.
I now possess a PhD in something, but I won’t say what because that is not the problem, Malachi stated.
He was detained by Virginia police in September for attempting to buy a car using fraudulent information. His bail was subsequently revoked. He ultimately entered guilty pleas in both the Virginia and Florida trials involving the doctor impersonation. In January 2018, he was sentenced to 3.5 years, and around 21 months later, in September 2019, he was freed.