Sean Kingston Waives Right to Fight Extradition to Florida in Fraud Case

2024-05-29T15:45:08+00:00May 29th, 2024|

The singer and his mother are charged with $1 million in fraud

Sean Kingston signed papers in California on Tuesday (May 28) waiving his right to fight extradition to Florida, where he and his mother are charged with committing more than $1 million worth of fraud. According to the Associated Press, the “Beautiful Girls” singer/rapper, 34, did not make a public court appearance, but representatives from the San Bernardino courts and sheriff’s office confirmed to AP that Kingston signed papers in which he agreed to skip extradition.

In singing the papers, Kingston agreed to be turned over to authorities in Florida, though as of Tuesday afternoon he reportedly remained in a Southern California jail while sheriff’s officials coordinate his transfer to Florida. Kingston was arrested last Thursday on the Army training base in Fort Irwin, Calif. in the Mojave Desert, where he was booked to perform. His mother, 61-year-old Janice Turner, was also arrested on Thursday during a SWAT raid at Kingston’s rented mansion in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

According to warrants from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, both son (born Kisean Paul Anderson) and mother have been charged with 10 counts, including conducting an organized scheme to defraud, grand theft, identity theft, issuing faulty checks, probation violation and related crimes alleging that the pair stole money, jewelry, a Cadillac Escalade and furniture; Kingston was already on two years’ probation for trafficking stolen property.

On Tuesday, Kingston’s attorney, Robert Rosenblatt, told NBC News that the singer was in the process of returning to Florida after his gig on the base. “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,” said Rosenblatt.

The charges and arrests stem from a lawsuit reportedly filed by attorney Dennis Card, whose suit alleges that Kingston has allegedly displayed a pattern of not paying for items. “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. He added, that Kingston has “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.”

According to the AP, warrants in the case say that from October to March, Kingston and his mother allegedly stole nearly $500,000 in jewelry, more than $200,00 from Bank of America, $160,000 from an Escalade dealer, more than $100,000 from First Republic Bank and $86,000 from the maker of customized beds.

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