WFAN's Craig Carton Arrested For Ticket Scam

Craig Carton

Craig Carton, the co-host of the NY morning radio show "Boomer and Carton", was arrested by the FBI on Wednesday morning and is being charged with a number of federal crimes, according to authorities.

Business investors were defrauded over $2 million.

Carton, 48, was arrested early Wednesday along with 41-year-old alleged co-conspirator Michael Wright, according to a joint statement from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Manhattan U.S. Attorney.

In a statement, CBS Radio said, "We are aware of the situation and are cooperating with authorities".

"I thought he called in sick this morning, but unfortunately my partner was arrested", former National Football League quarterback Boomer Esiason told listeners of WFAN's Boomer & Carton show Wednesday. He had filled in on WIP's Morning Show and was familiar with the Sports Talk/Guy Talk format. There was no immediate response to a message seeking comment from his attorney. Carton took the show in a new direction, adding stunts as an on-the-air cockfight and "Pastapalooza".

The SEC said in its complaint, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, that Carton and Meli allegedly lied about having access to large blocks of face-value tickets to popular concert performances.

Asked if he was suprised when he heard of Carton's arrest, Codey said, "When you're big-time gambler like obviously he might be, you have to cover your action and unfortunately for him and his family it looks like he got jammed up".

This co-conspirator allegedly sent a text message to Carton and Wright about their plan to "clean up the debt".

Carton and Wright are both facing up to 45 years in prison, plus millions in fines, if they're convicted on all charges.

In late 2000, Carton became Scott Kaplan's replacement on WNEW-FM's "Sports Guys" morning radio program in New York City.

Carton began his broadcasting career in 1991 at WGR Radio. He turned in his passport and his travel will be restrited to eastern NY and New Jersey. He started a charity for children with Tourette syndrome, which is called TicTocStop.

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