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Teen Accused of Posing as Doctor Arrested Again While Trying to Buy a Luxury Car

Teen Fake Doctor Charges
AP Malachi Love-Robinson

He was in Virginia this time

A Florida teenager who was arrested earlier this year, first for posing as a doctor and then for theft and fraud, found himself in legal trouble again on Friday when police said he tried to fraudulently apply for a car loan.

Malachi Love-Robinson, 19, was arrested on Friday after attempting to purchase a Jaguar at a car dealership in Virginia, the Associated Press reported, citing Stafford County Sheriff’s officials. He was charged with identity theft and other fraud offenses.

Employees at the car dealership became suspicious when Love-Robinson used an elderly woman as a co-signer while applying for a car loan, the AP reported. The employees called authorities after searching for Love-Robinson’s name online. The elderly woman, who has not yet been identified, later told law enforcement officials that she had not given Love-Robinson permission to use her as a co-signer.

Love-Robinson first made headlines in February, when he was accused of posing as a licensed doctor and opening his own medical center in West Palm Beach, Fla.

More recently, he was arrested in August, accused of writing a bad check for a down payment on a car in Palm Beach. He was charged with larceny and fraud and was released after posting an $8,000 bail.

Love-Robinson has denied all the charges and is now being held in the Rappahannock Regional Jail in Stafford, Va., while officials continue to investigate the latest incident, the AP reported.

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