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Attorney ‘waiting on raid’ of Sean Kingston’s property for two months

Published:Saturday | May 25, 2024 | 12:09 AM
Sean Kingston  performing at Chris Brown and Friends concert held at the National Stadium, Kingston on Sunday, August 27, 2023.
Sean Kingston performing at Chris Brown and Friends concert held at the National Stadium, Kingston on Sunday, August 27, 2023.

Following an Associated Press report that Beautiful Girls singer Sean Kingston, 34, was arrested in California on Thursday, hours after his mother was taken into custody in Florida, PEOPLE has provided more details.

A report by people.com states that arrest warrant for the Jamaican-American rapper had been issued earlier in the day following a raid on a South Florida mansion Kingston was renting. He was in California at the time for a performance.

“This evening, police in Fort Irwin, California, arrested Kisean Anderson, aka Sean Kingston, without incident on a Broward Sheriff’s Office arrest warrant for numerous fraud and theft charges. According to investigators, he will be booked into jail in San Bernardino, California,” the Broward Sheriff’s Office reportedly confirmed to PEOPLE in a statement.

Kingston’s mother Janice Turner, 61, was arrested at the home on her own numerous fraud and theft charges, PEOPLE stated, adding that the Broward Sheriff’s Office also confirmed that the arrest and search warrants were served at a Southwest Ranches residence following an investigation, which is active and ongoing.

“The raid on the Florida home was triggered by a lawsuit between Ver Ver Entertainment and Kingston that was filed in February. The suit claims that the singer has not paid for purchased items from the company. According to the complaint obtained by PEOPLE, Kingston presented numerous false representations to the company and claimed that he had a “current and ongoing working relationship” with singer Justin Bieber. The two collaborated on the song Eenie Meanie in 2010 and Won’t Stop in 2011.

“The suit also claims that Kingston promised to produce promotional videos with Bieber for the company to reduce his payments and credit toward the price of items he purchased from them. They found that the artiste had “no ongoing working” relationship with Bieber. The complaint alleges that Kingston breached his contract by failing to pay them as agreed after multiple attempts to collect payment in January. It also claims the singer has a long history of engaging in fraudulent conduct,” People.com reported

“I filed a lawsuit against Sean Kingston,” attorney Dennis Card told PEOPLE. “A detective in Broward County read my lawsuit and contacted me, and so we went down and gave, with my client, a recorded statement and an affidavit.”

He added that they’ve been “waiting on this raid for more than two months now”.

Florida Department of Corrections records show Kingston is currently on two years’ probation for trafficking stolen property. The probation was handed down on October 2023 and was scheduled to end on October 1, 2025

Kingston performed in Jamaica in August 2023; he has not had a major label release in more than a decade.

Federal court records show that his mother, Janice Turner, pleaded guilty in 2006 to bank fraud for stealing over $160,000 and served nearly 1.5 years in prison. She was being held at the Broward jail Thursday night on $160,000 bond.

According to nbcmiami.com jail records show Turner faces eight charges, including grand theft, fraud, organised scheme to defraud, and criminal use of personal identification information.

Turner appeared before a judge on Friday morning, where her attorney argued for a lower bond. But the judge upheld the $160,000 bond, and ordered Turner to surrender her passport.