Radio Host Craig Carton Says He’s Not Guilty in Ponzi Ticket Scheme
Boisterous New York City radio personality Craig Carton has broken his silence following his arrest for alleged involvement in a several million dollar Ponzi scheme.
Carton has spent the past decade co-hosting a sports-talk radio show with former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason called 'Boomer and Carton' on WFAN. Last week, Carton and two other men were arrested by FBI agents, accused of running a ticket resale scam that charged big bucks for blocks of tickets to popular events. Charges of securities fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy for the $5.6 million dollar ruse have the 'Loudmouth' author facing upto 45 years behind bars, according to reports.
Carton, who was purportedly motivated by millions in gambling debts, hasn't been on the air since his arrest but released this statement to the media on Tuesday, via NJ.com:
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.
The day after Carton's arrest, Esiason addressed the situation on air: