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Rapper Sean Kingston’s Home Raided by SWAT; Mother Arrested on Fraud and Theft Charges

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — SWAT teams raided rapper Sean Kingston’s rented South Florida mansion Thursday and arrested his mother on fraud and theft charges that stem in part from her installing a giant TV in the home, her lawyer said.

Broward County detectives arrested Janice Turner, 61, at her 14,000-square-foot (1,300-square-meter) home in Southwest Ranches, an affluent suburb of Fort Lauderdale that is home to many celebrities and professional athletes, including Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Miami Dolphins star Tyreek Hill.

The sheriff’s office said the investigation is ongoing and did not provide details about the charges against Turner or whether her 34-year-old son was also targeted. Local media reported that Kingston was out of town and not at the scene at the time of the attack. The Broward County prosecutor referred all questions to the sheriff’s office.

It was unclear whether Turner had an attorney who could comment. In 2006, she pleaded guilty to bank fraud for stealing more than $160,000 and served a 16-month prison sentence, according to federal court records.

“Y’all love the negative energy!,” Kingston wrote on Instagram on Thursday. “I’m doing great, so is my mom!… My lawyer is handling everything right now,” the post was later deleted.

He is currently on two years probation for trafficking in stolen property, according to Florida Department of Corrections records. A reporter who visited his home saw authorities loading vans full of belongings. The mansion was surrounded by luxury sports cars.

Kingston, a Jamaican-American rapper, is best known for his 2007 number one single “Beautiful Girls,” and his collaborations with Justin Bieber on “Eenie Meenie” and “Take You There.” In 2011, he was seriously injured in a jet ski accident that nearly killed him. Kingston, whose real name is Xean Anderson, has not released on a major label in over a decade.

An attorney who witnessed the arrest said the arrest was in part related to a lawsuit Kingston filed in February alleging he defrauded a Florida company that installed a 232-inch (5.8-meter) television — about 17 feet wide and 9.5 feet (5 meters by 3 meters) tall.

“It’s amazing what famous people can get away with,” his lawyer, Dennis Card, told The Associated Press. “He’s created this ‘I’m rich’ persona that’s unrealistic. His mother is an integral part of that persona. He presents himself as a family man, saying he ‘takes care of my mother,’ but she knows very well what’s going on.”

In the lawsuit, Barber Entertainment said Kingston contacted the company in September, asking to purchase a television set, sold under the brand name Colossal TV, to be installed in his home. The system was priced at $150,000.

Kingston allegedly told owners that if they put down a down payment and provided credit, he and Bieber would do commercials for them.

According to the lawsuit, Kingston paid the company $30,000 in November to install the televisions. No commercials or further payments ever came, despite repeated promises from Kingston, the lawsuit says.

Two recent Kingston spokespeople did not respond to emails seeking comment.

According to the lawsuit, Kingston no longer has a working relationship with Bieber, who recently fired his longtime manager. It is unclear where Bieber can be contacted.

“He’s 100 percent not involved in this,” Card said of Bieber. “He’s had the misfortune of working with Shawn in the past and Shawn brings his name up a lot.”

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