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Rapper Sean Kingston, his mother arrested on fraud charges after SWAT raid at his South Florida home

Shira Moolten and Angie DiMichele, South Florida Sun Sentinel on

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Rapper and singer Sean Kingston and his mother were arrested on fraud and theft charges Thursday after a SWAT team raided his home in Southwest Ranches.

Kingston was arrested by police in Fort Irwin, California, on an arrest warrant issued by the Broward Sheriff’s Office, spokesperson Carey Codd said in a news release shortly before 9:30 p.m. The Sheriff’s Office said he will be booked in a jail in San Bernardino. The specific charges he faces were not available late Thursday.

Janice Turner, 61, was arrested on “numerous fraud and theft charges,” Codd said in a media release earlier Thursday. Turner is Kingston’s mother.

The raid at the sprawling white mansion in the 4600 block of Southwest 178th Avenue came out of an investigation that first began in Dania Beach, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

An attorney representing a company currently suing Kingston said the raid of Kingston’s home was related to his February lawsuit. Both Kingston and his mother have been named in previous lawsuits stemming from allegations of unpaid goods and services, court records show.

As of Thursday night, Turner was being held in the Broward Main Jail on eight charges: organized scheme to defraud over $50,000; three counts of criminal use of personal identification information; grand theft greater than $20,000 and less than $100,000; making an insufficient funds check greater than $150; and two counts of grand theft greater than $100,000, jail records show.

 

Dennis Card, an attorney for Ver Ver Entertainment, the company currently suing Kingston over breach of contract and fraud, had been standing outside of the home along with more than 30 SWAT team members Thursday afternoon, waiting to get inside. He said he saw Kingston’s mother in handcuffs.

“I’ve been waiting on this raid for a couple of months now,” Card told the South Florida Sun Sentinel as he waited.

Ver Ver Entertainment installed a 232-inch home theater and audio system in Kingston’s home in December, Card said. After making a down payment of $30,000, Kingston never paid the company for the full balance, the lawsuit claims. The system is worth about $150,000.

When Card emerged from the home on Thursday afternoon, he described it as a “full blown raid.” Deputies were “basically taking everything in the house,” he said, not just those pertaining to his lawsuit.

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