RELAX, it isn’t Stoney! It’s Craig Carton from WFAN in New York.
I once brought this guy in for a tryout on WDFN, he’s a talented guy, but a total jerk. I’m not sure I saw this coming, but I definitely wasn’t bringing him into our building. I’m hoping he enjoys his time with Kwame Kilpatrick.
From the New York Post….
A Manhattan federal jury has convicted sports radio personality Craig Carton of fraud — setting the fallen “Boomer and Carton” co-host up for some hard prison time when he is sentenced next year.
After less than a day of deliberations, a jury of three men and nine women found Carton guilty on all three counts against him, including securities fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud.
Carton looked straight ahead as the guilty verdicts were read while his wife, who was sitting in the courtroom with other supporters, held back tears.
“I need to let it sink in now,” he told reporters outside the courthouse. “I’m going to go home and hug my kids and let my lawyers deal with the rest of it.”
His lawyer, Robert Gottlieb, said he will appeal the verdict.
Carton, 49, was released on bail but ordered to return for sentencing on Feb. 27. He faces as much as 45 years in prison based on the sentencing guidelines but will likely get far less.
The Westchester native was one of the biggest names in sports radio when he was arrested last year and charged with defrauding investors of a bulk ticket business he had been running with Michael Wright, who has pleaded guilty.
The feds said Carton and Wright, together with a third man who has pleaded guilty in a separate scheme, solicited millions from investors to buy bulk tickets to events — only to use as the money for themselves, including to pay off Carton’s gambling debts.
“As a unanimous Manhattan jury has found, Carton was all talk,” Manhattan US Attorney Geoffrey Berman said. “Carton fabricated contracts for blocks of tickets and spent the almost $7 million he collected from investors on gambling and personal expenses,” Berman added.
At trial, the feds called a hedge fund executive who said his firm gave Carton more than $5 million at various points in 2016 to invest in tickets to Metallica and Barbara Streisand concerts.
In order to win the money, Carton fabricated contracts and emails, including one email presented at trial that was doctored by Carton to look like it had come from Fred Mangione, chief of staff of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, which owns the Barclays Center and the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, the evidence showed.
At the time of the fraud, Carton was spending big bucks at casinos and playing online slots — even borrowing money from loan sharks to fund his trips, according to witness testimony.
One of the loan sharks, Desmond Finger, a general manager of Upper East Side strip club Sapphire 39, told the jury he gave Carton several high-interest loans of as much as $500,000 a pop to finance his casino trips in 2016 and 2017.
Their relationship fell apart when the radio host failed to repay a $500,000 loan in 2017, the strip club manager testified.
Carton resigned from WFAN’s top-rated “Boomer and Carton” radio program a week after his arrest and has repeatedly asserted his innocence up until trial, including in chats with the press and on his new radio show on the FNTSY Sports Network called “Carton & Friends.”
Carton claimed he was a victim of Joseph Meli, who is serving six-and-a-half years at a minimum security prison in Pennsylvania after pleading guilty to stealing a $100 million from investors of his ticket-selling scheme.