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Sean Kingston waives extradition in California and will return to South Florida to face fraud charges

Rapper and singer Sean Kingston waived his extradition hearing Tuesday, agreeing to return to South Florida since his arrest last week in California on a warrant for multiple fraud and theft charges.

Kingston, whose real name is Kisean Anderson, was arrested on a warrant in Fort Irwin, California, on Thursday evening  — the same day Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies raided his mansion in Southwest Ranches related to the alleged theft and fraud. His mother, Janice Turner, was also arrested Thursday on multiple fraud and theft charges, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Kingston, 34, did not make a public court appearance but signed papers agreeing to skip extradition hearings, representatives from San Bernardino courts and sheriff told The Associated Press.

“Anderson is still in custody here in San Bernardino County,” San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson Mara Rodriguez said in an email to the South Florida Sun Sentinel Tuesday night. “Broward County has been made aware of the extradition status and will make arrangements to pick him up for transfer of custody.”

Rapper Sean Kingston, his mother arrested on fraud charges after SWAT raid at his Southwest Ranches home

Kingston remained in the West Valley Detention Center in San Bernardino County without bail as of Tuesday evening, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department inmate records show.

The family’s attorney Robert Rosenblatt did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment Tuesday night and could not be reached by phone. Rosenblatt told the Sun Sentinel last week that Kingston would waive his extradition hearing and return to Florida soon.

Kingston’s mother was released from jail this week after posting bail from a legitimate source, a court order signed by a judge on Sunday shows.

Kingston is facing 10 charges: organized scheme to defraud over $50,000; four counts of criminal use of personal identification information; three counts of grand theft, two of them worth over $100,000; one count of uttering an insufficient funds check for over $150; and one count of violating his probation, according to an arrest warrant signed three days before the Sheriff’s Office raid.

His mother is facing eight charges: organized scheme to defraud over $50,000; three counts of criminal use of personal identification information; grand theft greater than $20,000 and less than $100,000; making an insufficient funds check greater than $150; and two counts of grand theft greater than $100,000, according to an arrest warrant.

Singer-rapper Sean Kingston faces extradition to Florida; warrants detail fraud, theft charges against him and his mother

Kingston and his mother are accused of defrauding multiple business, including a jewelry business, a luxury bed company, a used luxury and exotic car dealership and a luxury microLED TV company, since October 2023, the warrants said.

A piece of furniture from the luxury bed company was worth over $86,000 while a Cadillac Escalade from the dealership worth nearly $160,000 and $480,000 worth of jewelry from another person, according to the warrants. At least $300,000 was allegedly fraudulently obtained by Turner and Kingston by using the personal identification information of Bank of America and First Republic Bank.

The hours-long raid at Kingston’s home was a spectacle in Southwest Ranches. Law enforcement and people who had sold items to Kingston were seen moving in and out of the property for hours, packing up two U-Haul trucks.

Attorney Dennis Card is representing a company actively suing Kingston over breach of contract and fraud. Workers for Ver Ver Entertainment installed a $150,000 home entertainment system at Kingston’s mansion that they said in their February lawsuit complaint Kingston only paid a down payment of $30,000.

Card told reporters outside of Kingston’s house Thursday that his clients were removing the entertainment system, and one of the other items removed from Kingston’s home was a bed worth about $80,000.

Kingston is actively on felony probation from a 2020 offense of trafficking in stolen property. The probation is set to end in October 2025, Florida Department of Corrections records say.

 Sun Sentinel staff writer Shira Moolten contributed to this report.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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