Accused fake teen doc gets a new lawyer and new trial date

Malachi Love-Robinson, a 19-year-old accused of practicing medicine without a license, got a new lawyer and a new trial date on Thursday.

Malachi Love-Robinson
Malachi Love-Robinson leaves court after a hearing Thursday morning, June 23, 2016. Malachi Love Robinson, the teen arrested earlier this year for allegedly impersonating a doctor, now has a new attorney and a new trial date. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)

Since attorney Leonard Feuer is new to the case, Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Krista Marx agreed to move Love-Robinson’s trial from July 18 to Sept. 6. But, she said, she wants no further delays. Because of the age of some of the alleged victims she said it’s imperative that the case be brought to trial quickly.

Love-Robinson, who attracted national attention and earned the moniker, “Dr. Love,” after his arrest in February on charges that he masqueraded as a physician, is also charged with stealing large sums of money from two elderly women.

While he was in court with his new attorney, he did not address Marx or reporters. He fired his former attorney on Monday and Marx gave him three days to hire a new one.

He has said he never pretended to be a medical doctor. He said he called himself a doctor because he earned a doctoral degree from the Universal Life Church Seminary, an online institution, according to documents released by the Florida Department of Health. According to the seminary’s website, anyone can buy a doctorate in divinity for $29.95.

He was arrested at his West Palm Beach holistic medicine practice. He rejected a plea deal that would send him to prison for three years. Prosecutors said the deal is still on the table.

Previous coverage

Teen in fake doctor case fires lawyer, gets 3 days to find new one

Teen who faked being a doctor offered deal for three years in prison

Judge orders mental health assessment for teen ‘doctor’

Teen ‘doctor’ case: State found fake degrees during probe

Teen accused of posing as doctor butt of ‘Today’ show jokes, walks out on ABC interview

Post exclusive: Teen ‘doctor’ denies all fraud accusations

PBSO: Teen arrested for pretending to be doctor in West Palm Beach

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