Rapper Sean Kingston and mother face allegations of fraud and theft in million-dollar scheme

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    Sean Kingston (right) and his mum (left).

    25th May 2024 – (Florida) Rapper and singer Sean Kingston, best known for his hit song “Beautiful Girls,” and his mother, Janice Turner, have been accused of engaging in fraudulent activities, resulting in the theft of over US$1 million worth of money, jewellery, a Cadillac Escalade, and furniture. Arrest warrants released by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office indicate that Kingston, 34, and Turner, 61, have been charged with organized fraud, grand theft, identity theft, and related crimes.

    The arrests occurred on Thursday when a SWAT team raided Kingston’s rented mansion in suburban Fort Lauderdale. During the raid, Turner was apprehended, while Kingston was taken into custody at Fort Irwin, an Army training base in California’s Mojave Desert, where he was scheduled to perform. Presently, Kingston is being held in a California jail, awaiting extradition to Florida.

    Robert Rosenblatt, the attorney representing Kingston and his mother, stated on Friday that Kingston would willingly return to Florida if allowed, potentially saving the state the expenses associated with extradition and travel for the detectives and Sean. Turner remains in custody at the Broward County jail, with a bond set at US$160,000.

    While the exact details of the alleged crimes committed by Kingston and Turner have not been disclosed in the warrants, the documents reveal a series of thefts and fraudulent activities between October and March. The list includes nearly US$500,000 in stolen jewellery, over US$200,000 from Bank of America, US$160,000 from the Escalade dealership, more than US$100,000 from First Republic Bank, approximately US$86,000 from a custom bed manufacturer, and several smaller amounts.

    This is not the first legal trouble for Kingston and Turner. In the past, the pair has faced lawsuits. In 2015, a customised watch seller successfully sued them in a New York City federal court for US$356,000 after they failed to make payment. In 2018, a New York jeweller won a lawsuit against Kingston and his mother, receiving US$301,000 in damages after they defrauded the store. Additionally, a Florida entertainment systems company recently filed a lawsuit against Kingston, alleging non-payment of US$120,000 for a massive 232-inch television installed in his home. The lawsuit claimed that Kingston falsely promised commercials featuring himself and Justin Bieber in exchange for credit and a low downpayment, neither of which materialised.