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Rapper Sean Kingston arrested for fraud

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Jamaican-American Rapper Sean Kingston was arrested in California on Thursday on fraud charges, hours after a SWAT team raided his rented home in South Florida.

The Associated Press reported that Kingston, whose real name is Kisean Anderson, was taken into custody near Fort Irwin, California, on a Florida warrant, on Thursday evening according to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office.

Earlier on Thursday, authorities arrested Kingston’s 61-year-old mother, Janice Turner, following a raid on his mansion in Southwest Ranches, Florida. The sheriff’s office has not released details about the specific charges, citing an ongoing investigation.

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Reporters outside Kingston’s home saw authorities placing items in a van. The mansion was also surrounded by expensive-looking sports cars.

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

An attorney representing Kingston and his mother, told the AP, Robert Rosenblatt, “We are aware of some of the allegations being made against both of them. We look forward to addressing these in court and are confident of a successful resolution for Sean and his mother.”

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An attorney who witnessed Turner’s arrest said it was partly related to a lawsuit filed against Kingston in February, accusing him of defrauding a Florida company that installed a 232-inch television in his home.

Kingston is best known for his 2007 hit single “Beautiful Girls,” which topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for four weeks. He also had Top 10 hits with “Take You There” and “Fire Burning,” and collaborated with Justin Bieber on the 2010 song “Eenie Meenie.” The rapper hasn’t had a major label release in more than a decade.

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