The host of WFAN sports radio talk show, Craig Carton got arrested by FBI on Wednesday with conspiracy and securities fraud charges over alleged $5.6 million ticket scam to pay off millions of dollars in gambling debts.
The FBI took the 48-year-old "Boomer and Carton" co-host into custody at his Tribeca apartment around 4 a.m. yesterday. Micheal Wright, Carton's co-defendant, is also charged with the fraud charges along with Carton.
Furthermore, sources also reveal that WFAN has suspended Cartoon and the former Giants quarterback Phil Simms joined Boomer Esiason for today's morning show.
As per the civil complaint filed yesterday with the U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, the Securities and Exchange Commission claims Carton requested for investments in ticket reselling enterprises.
The civil complaint states that:
“Millions of dollars’ worth of tickets to upcoming concerts by the artists Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Roger Waters, Metallica, and Barbra Streisand. In reality, no such agreements with the concert promoter or venue existed, and the signatures for the concert promoter or venue were forged.”
The complaint also says that Carton accrued millions of dollars' worth of debts related to gambling to casinos and other third parties as well. He dealt the huge amount, beginning in or around the middle of last year.
Additionally, Carton allegedly stole $3.6 million along with Joseph Meli and is accused of stealing $2 million alone from a single investor.
The immediate arrest of Carton spilled out several emotions. The former NFL MVP, Boomer addressed his co-host's arrest and said:
“I’m taken aback and surprised by it just like I’m sure everybody else is. I have no other information, there’s nothing else I can say. I thought he called in sick this morning, but unfortunately my partner was arrested.”
Sid Rosenberg, who has been co-hosting with Carton in the past, spoke to New York Post and stated:
“I know it sounds crazy, and I may be the only one in the country who feels this way but I actually look at it, because I’m a recovering addict, and I’ve had gambling issues in my life as well, there’s a part of me that’s sympathetic."
He further added:
“But I know how deadly the disease is, man. It’s like drugs and alcohol, that’s one thing, you can smell it, you can see it. But gambling is different. You can go years, no one is going to know. But you’re laying on your pillow at night and you’re like ‘How do I come up with a million dollars,’ and it’s terrible."
Sid finally ended up with his statement saying that if the charges are true, he should go to jail.
“He obviously did a lot of these things out of desperation and what he did was terrible, if it’s true. If he fleeced innocent people out of millions of dollars, he’s got to go to jail, he f—ed up. But that’s what happens with this disease.’’
The other colleague of Carton, Mike Francesa has always been in bad terms with Carton despite working under the same roof of WFAN radio. So when the news of Carton's arrest broke yesterday, Francesa's loyal fans called 'Mongo Nation' went meme crazy.
The Mongos used the social platform Twitter and regularly kept tweeting posts with memes.
Mike Francesa more than willing to lock up Craig Carton. pic.twitter.com/O7IkTyVk2P— Cankle Steaks (@chesteripley) September 6, 2017
The Francesa's fans tried depicting Francesa's reaction over carton's arrest.
Live Look at Mike Francesa when he found out Craig Carton was arrested pic.twitter.com/1Es9ybjCeB— Don Juanson (@donjuanson34) September 6, 2017
Some were crazy enough to link the incident with wrestling.
Francesa when he found out this morning that Craig Carton got pinched pic.twitter.com/wPJy6uffBj— Scott Gilbert (@ScottieIce724) September 6, 2017
A reporter of CBS2, Hazel Sanchez reported that Carton got released on a signature bond after appearing in court Wednesday afternoon. He now must put up a $500,000 personal recognizance bond and provide his passport by 15th of this month. Furthermore, he is due back in court on 6th of October.
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