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The FBI arrested WFAN radio host Craig Carton in an alleged fake ticket scam



Radio personality Craig Carton has been arrested on investment fraud-related charges in connection with an alleged fake ticket scam, according to NBC 4 New York.

NBC 4 New York reported Wednesday that the FBI arrested Carton, 48, at his Manhattan home early that morning.

Carton, the co-host of WFAN’s popular morning sports talk radio broadcast “Boomer & Carton,” was allegedly involved in an investment scam.

Sources told NBC 4 New York that Carton and another man allegedly participated in the scam, which featured them claiming to be running a discount ticket broker business that did not exist.

A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office confirmed that Carton had been arrested and charged with securities fraud and wire fraud.

PIX 11 reported that Carton and his partners founded a business promising to sell blocks of concert tickets they claimed they had access to.

The tickets did not exist, according to PIX 11, and Carton and his partners did not have access to them, allegedly defrauding business investors of over $2 million.

“We are aware of the situation and cooperating with authorities,” a CBS RADIO spokesperson said of Carton’s arrest.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan is expected to release more details about the case later Wednesday.

Carton began his broadcasting career in 1991 at WGR Radio before ultimately reaching his current role with “Boomer & Carton.”

The radio personality began hosting the show alongside former National Football League (NFL) quarterback Boomer Esiason in 2007.

“Boomer & Carton” has been simulcast on television since 2010, and the show opened Wednesday without addressing Carton’s arrest.

Esiason, who spent most of his NFL career with the Cincinnati Bengals, said Wednesday that a guest host would be filling in for Carton.

“If you hear me starting the show, that means numb nuts is under the weather and he’s not here,” he said of Carton, who usually begins the 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. local time broadcast. “And basically what will be the longest week.”

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