NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Sports radio personality Craig Carton has been sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison for a ticket reselling scam that ended his decade-long show with ex-NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason.
Carton was convicted last November for his role in a plot to defraud investors with a ticket scam.READ MORE: Police: Hennawi Salem Charged With Sexually Assaulting Women At Connecticut Furniture Store
He took in nearly $7 million by telling victims he could get them VIP tickets to top concerts and sporting events, but he used that cash to pay off gambling debts and personal expenses.
Carton faces up to 45 years in prison.
Last month, a judge sentenced a New Jersey man to nearly two years in prison for his role in the case.
The 42-year-old Michael Wright of Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, told a magistrate judge he withdrew $550,000 in December 2016 from a ticket-selling business account at Carton’s instruction to pay toward Carton’s debts.READ MORE: Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson, Paul Simon And More: Full Lineup Revealed For 'We Love New York City: The Homecoming Concert' In Central Park
Wright was sentenced to nearly two years in prison for his role in the scheme.
Carton, 49, of Manhattan, co-hosted “Boomer and Carton” on Sports Radio WFAN with former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason but left the show after his arrest in 2017. At the time, he insisted on his innocence.
Police said Carton, along with Wright, committed wire fraud, securities fraud, and conspiracy to commit fraud. After Carton’s conviction, the district attorney’s office released a state describing some of the actions the pair used to keep the scheme going.
“In the fall of 2016, CARTON, Wright, and CC-1 exchanged emails and text messages regarding their existing debts. On September 5, 2016, for example, Wright emailed CARTON and CC-1, “for the sake of our conversation tomorrow,” and outlined “the debt past due and due next week.” Wright listed several apparent creditors, to whom he, CC-1, and/or CARTON were personally indebted for over a million dollars. Wright listed eight possible options for repaying the debt, including “Run to Costa Rica, change name, and start life all over again – may not be an option.” CARTON responded to Wright and CC-1, stating “don’t forget I have $1m coming tomorrow from ticket investor[.] will need to be discussed how to handle.”MORE NEWS: Capitol Police Detail Violence, Injuries As Hearings Begin Into Jan. 6 Insurrection
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