NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A jury has convicted Craig Carton on all counts in his fraud trial.Suspected Human Remains Found In Florida Wildlife Preserve Where Authorities Are Searching For Brian Laundrie
Prosecutors say Carton misappropriated at least $5.6 million and used it to pay off gambling debts and personal expenses.
Jurors deliberated for about five hours. Carton’s trial lasted a week and a half.
Carton didn’t visibly react as the verdict was announced.
Sentencing was set for February 27.
Carton’s lawyers claimed he was the victim of a con man.READ MORE: New York City Mayoral Candidates Eric Adams, Curtis Sliwa Meet For First Debate
Carton, 49, of Manhattan, was an on-air partner of former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason. He left the show after his arrest last year, when prosecutors alleged he had misappropriated at least $5.6 million from investors.
The longtime co-host of WFAN’s “Boomer and Carton” was represented by defense lawyer Robert Gottlieb, who said his client has always told the truth.
“The government is dead wrong. The government has been dead wrong from the time they arrested Craig Carton,” Gottlieb said.
The lawyer blamed the charges on Carton’s former business partner, Joseph Meli.
Meli was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison earlier this year after pleading guilty in a $100 million ticket reselling business fraud.
Gottlieb called Meli a “con man, a liar, a thief” who “tricked countless people, including Craig Carton.”MORE NEWS: Mayor De Blasio Announces Vaccine Mandate For All New York City Municipal Workers, Including First Responders
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