September 10, 2016 - 6:30 PM
STAFFORD, Va. - A Florida teenager accused of pretending to be a doctor and stealing money from an 86-year-old patient faces new charges in Virginia after authorities say he fraudulently tried to buy a luxury car.
Malachi Love-Robinson was arrested Friday and charged with identity theft and other fraud offences after he attempted to purchase a Jaguar at a car dealership, Stafford County Sheriff's officials say.
They said employees at Kargar Motors Car Dealership became suspicious when Love-Robinson applied for a car loan with an elderly woman as the co-signer on the loan. The employees called the sheriff's office after looking up Love-Robinson's name in an internet search.
Deputies came to the car dealership and 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. The sheriff's office says deputies seized the iPads when they arrested Love-Robinson.
Sheriff's officials say they are still investigating, and Love-Robinson is being held in the Rappahannock Regional Jail.
Love-Robinson was arrested in February after law enforcement officials in Florida said he was practicing medicine without a license. Authorities in Palm Beach County said Love-Robinson was illegally operating a medical practice — complete with an office, a lab coat and stethoscope — but had no license to do so.
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 that she paid by check.
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 been delayed until November while his attorney considers a possible insanity defence, according to media reports.
News from © The Associated Press, 2016