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Florida teen ‘doctor’ arrested a fourth time after fraudulently attempting to buy a Jaguar
A Florida teenager accused of pretending to be a doctor faces new charges in Virginia after police said he fraudulently tried to buy a luxury car at a dealership.
Malachi Love-Robinson was arrested on Friday and charged with identity theft and other fraud offenses after he attempted to purchase a Jaguar, Stafford County Sheriff’s officials said.
Staff at Kargar Motors car dealership became suspicious when the teen applied for a car loan with an elderly woman as the co-signer on the loan, police said.
Love-Robinson had initially submitted an online inquiry about the Jaguar that was for sale, saying he was seeking credit approval, ABC News reported.
By the time he showed up in person on Friday, the Jaguar had been sold so a salesperson then showed him a 2013 Lexus.
The teen was with an elderly woman when he went to see the car who he said was going to be a co-signer on the loan, according to ABC News.
He reportedly also said that he was a doctor making $120,000 a year, which raised another red flag.
The employees called the sheriff’s office after looking up Love-Robinson’s name in an internet search.
Deputies then went to the car dealership where they spoke with Love-Robinson, who said he came to Virginia to buy a car for himself and another for his godmother.
The woman, who was not identified, later told deputies that she had not given Love-Robinson permission to be listed as a co-signer on the loan.
She also told police she was unaware of recent purchases made on her credit card for two iPads, which deputies seized when they arrested Love-Robinson.
Authorities are still investigating the incident and Love-Robinson is being held in the Rappahannock Regional Jail, sheriff’s officials said.
Last month, the teen was arrested for a third time for two charges of grand theft and fraud.
In that incident, he is accused of writing a bad check for $1,500 as a down payment for a car at West Palm Nissan in May 2015, court records indicated.
Details on the new grand theft charge were not available.
Previously, Grieco Mazda in Delray Beach filed a lawsuit seeking roughly $7,200 in damages and interest claiming that the teen wrote them a bad check for a new car.
A lawsuit claims that in June 2015, Love-Robinson gave a salesman a Wells Fargo check for $1,800 as a down payment for a 2016 red Mazda 6 costing more than $27,000, the Palm Beach Post reported.
The bank refused to cash the check, saying the account was closed.
Records show Love-Robinson responded to the suit in writing in August, claiming the bad check was a mistake, and that the dealership did not give him enough time to fix it.
The Sun Sentinel reported Love-Robinson lost that case in April 2016.
In February, the teen was arrested after deputies said he was practicing medicine without a license and stole more than $35,000 from an 86-year-old patient.
He was then arrested again in March and charged with two counts of practicing medicine without a license, two counts of practice of naturopathy without a license, three counts of forgery, two counts of grand theft from a person 65 or older, and three counts of fraudulent use of personal identification information.
The teen was illegally operating a medical practice — complete with an office, a lab coat and stethoscope — but had no license to do so, authorities in Palm Beach County said.
In one instance, they said he went to a woman’s house five times after she contacted him online to treat her for stomach pains.
He told her she suffered from arthritis and sold her vitamins, charging her $3,494, which she paid by check.
He was charged then with two counts of practicing medicine without a license, one count of grand theft larceny and four counts of fraud.
Love-Robinson has denied the charges, saying he never said he was a medical doctor.
He claims to have a doctorate from the Universal Life Church, which sells them online for $29.95.
His trial on charges of practicing medicine without a license has reportedly been delayed until November while his attorney considers a possible insanity defense.