A man accused of posing as a doctor and stealing thousands of dollars from a patient was released from prison Monday after serving nearly 21 months at a maximum security lockup outside Fort Myers.
Malachi Love-Robinson, now 22, was sentenced on Jan. 4, 2018, to 3 1/2 years for grand theft, practicing medicine without a license and various fraud charges. He received credit for more than a year he spent behind bars before sentencing.
Love-Robinson was found guilty of stealing more than $20,000 from an 86-year-old Palm Beach County patient he was allegedly treating in 2015 during a series of visits to her home while he was a teenager.
He was later charged and arrested on grand theft charges in February 2016.
Love-Robinson, who opened his own medical clinic at age 18, insisted he never posed as a medical doctor but was a naturopathic physician.
"He was always trying to help people," William McKenzie said of his grandson, Love-Robinson before going to prison. "He just made some wrong choices."
"What he was trying to do, he was trying to do for the better good and not harm anybody," Love-Robinson's grandmother, Rebecca McKenzie said after court. “I think he’s going to be alright in the long run."
He was arrested in Virginia in September 2016 and served jail time after he tried to purchase a car using fraudulent employment information.