craig carton

A week after being arrested for allegedly orchestrating a fake-ticket Ponzi scheme to pay off gambling desks, WFAN radio host Craig Carton has spoken.

In a statement released Tuesday, Carton denied the allegations against him and vowed to “be back, stronger than ever.” Here’s the full statement:

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“I want to thank my family, friends and fans and especially Boomer for the outpouring of public and private support I’ve received over the past few days. 

“As you can imagine, it’s been incredibly hard to be silent while there is an endless stream of vitriol being hurled my way, but I’m confident that when the facts come out, you’ll see that I am not guilty of these charges. 

“My fight has only just begun and I know when this strange episode is over, I’ll be back, stronger than ever. 

“Thank you for all the kind words and good wishes as I continue on with one of the greatest battles of my life.”

Carton, who hosts Boomer & Carton on WFAN in New York, has been charged with four counts of fraud after allegedly running a scam in which he tricked investors into paying millions of dollars by promising profits from a ticket-sales business that never existed. The scandal is full of lurid details, including Carton’s vast gambling debt and his partnership with a strip-club owner who suggested the duo run away to Costa Rica and assume new identities. Carton was released on $500,000 bond but has been suspended indefinitely by WFAN owner CBS.

From the outside, it’s a bit hard to imagine how this could all be a misunderstanding, but hey, that’s why we have due process. If Carton is truly innocent, he will likely choose to go to trial, meaning we’ll soon see what kind of defense he can mount.

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  • DrewShervin

    Not a chance. The Feds rarely lose a case and they wouldn’t have brought the indictment unless they have him lock, stock and barrel. The FAN will never take him back just on casino and other gambling debts alone. It’s too much of a liability for the station and network which has strong ties with the leagues especially the NFL. Craig obviously has a gambling problem. He didn’t seek him for it and probably never thought it was a problem. It doesn’t matter, it’s not an excuse. Carton might get a radio job again one day but it probably won’t be in New York and he will never earn close to the most likely million a year job he had before the arrest. Just so you know Boomer and Carton was the #1 morning drive time show in NYC in the coveted age 25-54 year old male segment and New York is the #1 radio market in the country. Mike Francesa is earning a minimum of 3 Million probably closer to 4 million a year

  • Smarky Smark & The Funky Bunch

    Kind words? Please bro, you did it. The FBI doesn’t wake up on a Monday and arrest you on a tuesday. They’ve invested weeks and months into you and they didn’t get a search and seizure and bleeping arrest you without a ton of evidence. This isn’t law and order or Andy Griffith bro, this is the FEDERAL bureau of investigations. He’ll turn state evidence and flip on his co defendant for a shorter period in jail because the feds know he’s just the small guy in this. You can’t brag about a failed ponzi scheme you ran in high school in one of your books and then act like you wouldn’t do it as an adult. GTFOH here bro and once they get to all the other accounts that he has scattered everywhere, the amount of scamming he has done will be very impressive.

  • John Danknich

    I don’t believe Carton, not for a second. The Feds have been building this case for years. Enjoy your indefinite suspension, bro.

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