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Singer Sean Kingston Arrested in California Following South Florida Raid

Fort Irwin, CA – Authorities in Southern California arrested singer Sean Kingston, whose real name is Kisean Anderson, on numerous fraud and theft charges on Thursday. Kingston’s arrest came after a raid at his South Florida home earlier in the day, which also led to the arrest of his mother, Janice Turner.

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office reported that Kingston was taken into custody in Fort Irwin, California, and is being held at the San Bernardino jail, approximately 60 miles east of Los Angeles.

Earlier Thursday, Kingston’s mother, Janice Turner, 61, was arrested at the artist’s Southwest Ranches home, located 22 miles northwest of Miami. She faces numerous fraud and theft charges. The raid was conducted by BSO’s Dania Beach District deputies, members of BSO’s Strategic Investigations Unit, and Davie Police SWAT, following an investigation that began in Dania Beach.

CBS News Miami’s Chopper 4 captured footage of several officers at the South Florida home and the Broward Sheriff’s Office mobile command center, used to coordinate the operation. According to court filings from February 2024, Kingston resided at the property, which is owned by a limited liability company.

Kingston, who was renting the mansion, is accused of failing to complete payments to VER Entertainment for a $150,000 entertainment system that included a 232-inch television. The complaint alleges that Kingston persuaded the company to accept a lower down payment and credit towards the purchase by promising to produce promotional videos featuring Justin Bieber.

Kingston’s legal troubles extend beyond this latest incident. In 2021, music video producer GXDLIKE accused Kingston of assault and threatening him with a gun, claims which Kingston has denied. In 2020, a warrant was issued for his arrest for grand theft after he allegedly received jewelry but failed to pay for it. Over the years, Kingston has faced multiple lawsuits from jewelers for similar issues.

In 2016, Kingston was involved in a fight and was robbed of a $300,000 chain at the Penthouse Nightclub & Dayclub in Los Angeles. In 2011, he suffered serious injuries after crashing his watercraft into a bridge in Miami Beach, resulting in a torn aorta and heart surgery.

CBS News Miami reached out to Kingston and his lawyers for comment, but they have not responded at the time of this publication.

Kingston, 34, is known for his hit songs “Beautiful Girls,” “Fire Burning,” and “Eenie Meenie.” Despite his musical success, his career has been marred by a series of legal and financial issues. As the investigation continues, both Kingston and his mother face serious charges that could significantly impact their futures. The authorities are expected to release more details as the case progresses.

 

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