Craig Carton, sports talk show host, arrested in FBI ticket scam crackdown

The Turnstile

Craig Carton, half of the “Boomer & Carton” sports talk radio show along with Boomer Esiason, was arrested early Wednesday morning on charges of fraud related to a ticket-selling scam.

FBI agents arrested Carton before dawn at his Manhattan home on charges of conspiracy and wire fraud. Carton and another man, Michael Wright, 41, of Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, allegedly posed as high-powered ticket brokers and defrauded investors out of millions of dollars. The Securities and Exchange Commission has simultaneously charged that Carton forged and altered documents to indicate access to tickets for artists including Adele, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Roger Waters, Metallica, and Barbra Streisand, and sought investors in the ticket business.

“In reality, no such agreements with the concert promoter or venue existed, and the signatures for the concert promoter or venue were forged,” the SEC said in a statement.

According to the SEC, Carton misappropriated at least $5.6 million from two investors, in part to pay off gambling and other debts.

Esiason learned of Carton’s arrest while on the air. “I’m taken aback and surprised by it, just like I’m sure everyone else is,” Esiason said. “I thought he had called in sick this morning. But unfortunately, my partner was arrested.”

Talk show host Craig Carton was arrested on fraud charges Wednesday. (AP file photo)
Talk show host Craig Carton was arrested on fraud charges Wednesday. (AP file photo)

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Jay Busbee is a writer for Yahoo Sports and the author of EARNHARDT NATION, on sale now at Amazon or wherever books are sold. Contact him at jay.busbee@yahoo.com or find him on Twitter or on Facebook.

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