Sean Kingston Booked in Florida on Fraud and Identity Theft Charges

Sean Kingston is shown in a booking photo taken by the Broward Sheriff's Office in Florida.

Singer and rapper Sean Kingston is back in his home state of Florida, where he’s accused of committing more than $1 million dollars in fraud.

The singer, born Kisean Anderson, was extradited from San Bernardino County, California to South Florida and booked into the Broward County Jail on Sunday, June 2, online inmate records show. Florida authorities also posted Kingston’s booking photo online.

He faces a total of nine charges alleging fraud, grand theft, and criminal use of personal identification information without consent, plus a probation violation. His bail was set at $100,000 — $10,000 for each of the nine counts, plus another $10,000 for the probation violation.

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Sean Kingston and his mother attend the 2012 American Music Awards. (Credit: YouTube/American Music Awards)
Sean Kingston and his mother attend the American Music Awards. (Credit: YouTube/American Music Awards)

Kingston and his mother, Janice Turner, 61, were both arrested on May 23.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office alleges Kingston and Turner have a history of bouncing checks and scamming businesses and banks for furniture, electronics, jewelry and a Cadillac Escalade.

Police conducted a raid on Kingston’s 14,000-square foot mansion in Southwest Ranches, a wealthy suburb of Fort Lauderdale, in connection with a lawsuit over stolen goods.

Turner was taken into custody during the raid, and later posted bond.

NBC 6 Miami reported Kingston was recently sued for “allegedly not paying for purchased items, including a 232-inch TV that Kingston was seen posing in front of in a picture.”

The news station reported the lawsuit alleged Kingston had Ver Ver Entertainment install the expensive TV system in his home without paying off the bill. The lawsuit said the singer claimed he and Justin Bieber would do commercials for the company in exchange for a lower down payment and store credit.

Attorney Dennis Card, who is representing plaintiff Ver Ver Entertainment in the lawsuit, talked to reporters outside the singer’s house during the raid. Card accused Kingston of “systematic fraud.”

“He likes having bling, he likes showing off, he’s a showman,” Card said. “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.”

Later that day, police arrested the “Beautiful Girls” singer at a concert on the U.S. Army base in Irwin, California in the Mojave Desert — about two hours outside of Los Angeles. Kingston was scheduled to perform at a concert in a military park as part of the Army’s Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Programs.

Last week, Kingston waived his right to fight extradition and agreed to be turned over to authorities in Florida.

Just before he was taken into custody in California, Kingston posted a statement about the raid on his Instagram Story.

“People love negative energy!” he wrote. “I am good, and so is my mother! … My lawyers are handling everything as we speak.”

Last month the Associated Press reported Kingston was on two-years probation for trafficking stolen property.

The Jamaican-American performer is best known to fans for his 2007 No. 1 single “Beautiful Girls.” His other hit songs included the 2010 singles “Eenie Meenie” featuring Justin Bieber and “Letting Go (Dutty Love)” featuring Nicki Minaj.

In 2011, Kingston was injured in a near-fatal jet ski accident.

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