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Singer-rapper Sean Kingston faces extradition to Florida; warrants detail fraud, theft charges against him and his mother

Shira Moolten, South Florida Sun Sentinel on

Published in Entertainment News

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Sean Kingston and his mother worked together to systematically defraud businesses and are now each facing multiple counts of grand theft and fraud, according to Broward Sheriff’s Office warrants released Friday.

The warrants were released a day after Kingston and his mother were arrested Thursday amid a raid conducted by SWAT teams at the singer and rapper’s home in Broward County. Kingston now faces extradition from California to Florida while his mother, Janice Turner, could return home from jail by the end of the day, according to the family’s attorney.

The home she returns to will be different from the way she left it. Authorities raided Kingston’s sprawling Southwest Ranches mansion Thursday, filling U-Haul trucks with items and towing away at least one of the cars parked in the driveway. Turner was handcuffed at the scene and taken to the Broward Main Jail, where she has remained, inmate records show. Late Thursday, Kingston was arrested on a Broward Sheriff’s Office warrant at the Fort Irwin military base in California.

Between October 2023 and March of this year, Kingston, his mother “and others known and unknown” illegally obtained items from businesses and people including Mazal Jewelry Inc., Maree Inc., Ocean Auto Club, Expimled FL and Andrii Nikolenko under false pretenses, according to the warrants. Items included furniture worth over $86,000, a Cadillac Escalade, over $400,000 worth of jewelry, and over $300,000 obtained through fraudulently identifying as banks including Bank of America and First Republic Bank.

Most of the time, Turner used checks in amounts she could not afford while Kingston assisted her or reaped the benefits, the warrants say.

Kingston was already on probation for a 2020 case involving trafficking in stolen property, according to Florida prison records. He is now facing charges on one count of organized scheme to defraud over $50,000, four counts of criminal use of personal identification information, three counts of grand theft, two of them worth over $100,000, one count of making an insufficient funds check for over $150, and one count of violating his probation.

 

His mother faces largely the same charges: one count of organized scheme to defraud over $50,000, three counts of criminal use of personal identification information, three counts of grand theft, two of them worth over $100,000, and one count of making an insufficient funds check for over $150.

The two had been accused of receiving goods and services they never paid for in lawsuits spanning the last several years, sometimes naming the two together or one of them individually. Kingston is accused of failing to pay for hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of jewelry and over $1 million in luxury watches, according to a recent complaint. This month, a lawsuit accused his mother of failing to pay several months of the $25,000 monthly rent for a beachside home in Fort Lauderdale.

Kingston was arrested about 5 p.m. Thursday near the Fort Irwin military base, San Bernadino County inmate records show. He is being held at the West Valley Detention Center.

Kingston had been scheduled to perform at the base about 4 p.m. for the final night of “Desert Warrior Week,” according to Fort Irwin’s social media page. Some people wrote online that they had watched Kingston’s performance only to learn of his arrest shortly thereafter.

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