WFAN sports talk radio host Craig Carton was arrested early Wednesday morning by FBI agents at his home. According to New York’s WPIX, the arrest is on investment fraud charges connected to an alleged fake ticket scam that Carton and another man were running.
The business promised to sell blocks of concert tickets that Carton and his associate claimed to have access to. But neither the tickets nor the company actually existed. WPIX reports that investors were defrauded for over $2 million. A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorneys Office told NBC New York that Carton was being charged with securities fraud and wire fraud. More details are expected to be released later Wednesday.
“We are aware of the situation and are cooperating with authorities,” a CBS Radio spokesperson told WPIX’s Kristine Garcia. Neither Carton nor his representatives offered comment on the situation.
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Carton, 48, hosts WFAN’s morning show, “Boomer and Carton,” with former NFL quarterback and current CBS analyst Boomer Esiason. The two have been radio partners since 2007. Carton has been in radio since 1991, beginning at WGR in Buffalo. He also worked in Cleveland, Philadelphia and Denver before moving to New York in 2001. He eventually landed at WFAN, where he and Esiason took over the morning slot previously held by Don Imus.
Additionally, Carton founded a charity for children with Tourette Syndrome called TicTocStop. Carton and two of his four children suffer from the disorder.
“Boomer and Carton” broadcasts from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and is simulcast nationally on CBS Sports Network. Wednesday morning, Jerry Recco filled in for Carton.