West Palm Beach attorney Andrew Stine called his client Malachi Love-Robinson, who is accused of fraud and impersonating a doctor, brilliant and even compared him to Donald Trump and Bill Gates on Wednesday.
"He has the entrepreneurial spirit of someone like a Bill Gates or Donald Trump. I've never met someone, and I am much older obviously, who has such entrepreneurial spirit. If it was channeled in a different direction things could be different here today," Stine said.
Love-Robinson was originally arrested on Feb. 16 on grand theft charges but later posted bail and was released.
An 86-year-old woman has claimed Love-Robinson defrauded her after a series of visits to her home to treat her for severe stomach pain.
Love Robinson was rearrested on Tuesday on additional theft charges involving the woman.
Love-Robinson used the woman's checking account data to make $34,500 in payments toward his auto loans and credit card accounts, according to an arrest report.
A judge released him on supervised release and also ordered a mental health evaluation.
Stine said he does not believe his client is mentally ill, but said he is not sure.
"I've spent a lot of time with him and I haven't seen any personality disorders like a Jekyll and Hyde type deal. But some issues can be deep-seated," Stine said.
Love Robinson did not comment to reporters when he walked out of jail Wednesday afternoon.
“I think that it’s uncommon for an 18-year-old person to open a doctor’s clinic, and I think given the situation of those facts, I think that the state is going to continue to look very deeply and un-turn every piece of evidence, or every piece of fact, that can lead to a criminal charge and or an arrest. And this might not be the end of what occurs with the criminal charges on Mr. Love-Robinson,” Stine said.
Love-Robinson has defended his actions and claims he never told anyone he was a medical doctor. He has claimed to have a PhD several times but has never been willing to say in what field or show documentation.
NOW: Malachi Love-Robinson, accused of impersonating a doctor, makes 1st appearance on charges stemming 1st arrest, pic.twitter.com/JiFOavbcvi
— Andrew Ruiz (@AndrewNRuiz) March 2, 2016
— Brian Entin (@BrianEntin) March 2, 2016
Teen accused of posing as a doctor is now BACK in jail this morning. Charged with fraud, using someone's identity and larceny @WPTV
— Christina Noce WPTV (@NoceWPTV) March 2, 2016