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Sean Kingston Hit With Fraud Charges: Jeweler Claims $480,000 Scam


Singer/songwriter Sean Kingston is facing 10 charges in Broward County, Florida after being arrested for fraud and theft in California last Thursday (May 23). Kingston’s arrest happened the same day Broward County Sheriff’s deputies and Davie Police SWAT members raided his home in Miami and took his mother, Janice Turner, who also faces fraud and theft charges, into custody.

Both Turner and Kingston, born Kisean Paul Anderson, are named in the arrest warrant that was issued on May 20 for a slew of charges including defrauding a jeweler, grand theft from a luxury car dealer, identity fraud, issuing faulty checks, and a probation violation.

Kingston is being detained in a San Bernardino county jail without bail. The singer is due in court on Tuesday for an extradition hearing where he’s expected to be sent back to Florida. His attorney, Robert Rosenblatt, told NBC News:

“We were in the process of having him return to Florida after his show. We want him back asap so we can show this is merely a civil case and not criminal. We look forward to challenging this case in court.”

All this stems from a lawsuit reportedly filed by attorney Dennis Card. Card’s suit alleges that Kingston has a routine when it comes to not paying for things.

“My client has a $150,000 television sound system that’s in there, there’s also about $1 million worth of watches that are in there, there’s a $80,000 custom bed that was ordered. This is an organized systematic fraud,” Card told NBC Miami. Adding, “He’s got basically a script.

He says that he works with Justin Bieber, and that he obviously puts on a big show here, this is a rental house, he doesn’t own it, and he lures people using his celebrity into having them release things without him paying for it and then he simply never pays.”