Florida Sheriff’s Office Raids Home of Rapper Sean Kingston, Arrests Mother

Florida Sheriff’s Office Raids Home of Rapper Sean Kingston, Arrests Mother
Broward Sheriff's Office personnel move items in the garage at Sean Kingston's Southwest Ranches, Fla., home, on May 23, 2024. (Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

On Thursday, South Florida authorities executed a raid on the residence of Jamaican-American singer and rapper Sean Kingston.

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office targeted the upscale property in Southwest Ranches, with aerial footage from WSVN showing a heavy police presence at the home the rapper and ringer rents, including multiple cruisers stationed both inside the grounds and at the front gates.

The singer’s mother, 61-year-old Janice Turner, was arrested at the scene on charges of theft and fraud.

Mr. Kingston, whose legal name is Kisean Paul Anderson, faces allegations of failing to pay for a $150,000 entertainment system, as reported by the authorities.

This legal issue originates from a lawsuit filed in February by Ver Entertainment LLC against the “Beautiful Girls” artist, according to WSVN.

During the raid, Dennis Card, the attorney representing Ver Entertainment, was present and spoke to WSVN.

“He lures people using his celebrity into having them release things without having him pay for it and then he simply never pays,” Mr. Card said.

“He is stealing the property itself,” Mr. Card added. “He has a standardized script that he gives people, which is that he’s a recording artist … and that he wants to purchase these things, but he never pays for anything.”

The sheriff’s office plans to extend its investigation to other parts of Mr. Kingston’s rental home, Mr. Card added.

Sean Kingston arrives at the 40th Anniversary American Music Awards in Los Angeles, on Nov. 18, 2012. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP Photo)

Mr. Card elaborated on Mr. Kingston’s alleged tactics.

“He follows a recurring script: presenting himself as a recording artist interested in making purchases but never completing the payment,” he said. “He obtains the goods, and that’s where the transaction ends. This pattern repeats continuously.”

In December 2020, Mr. Kingston was reportedly facing grand theft charges related to unpaid jewelry bills. A warrant was also issued for his arrest at that time, and his bail was set at $45,000, TMZ reported.

A judge also ordered Mr. Kingston in February 2018 to pay $301,500 to Aqua Master, a New York City jewelry store, according to TMZ. The order came after Mr. Kingston failed to pay for nine pieces of jewelry and had previously issued two checks that bounced due to insufficient funds.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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