Craig Carton, right, the former co-host of a sports radio show with ex-NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason, arrives at federal court to be sentenced for defrauding investors in a ticket reselling business, Friday, April 5, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Former sports radio co-host Carton gets 3½ years in prison

April 05, 2019 - 1:15 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Sports radio personality Craig Carton has been sentenced to 3½ years in prison for a ticket reselling scam that ended his decade-long broadcast partnership with ex-NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason.

Carton was convicted in November of conspiracy, wire fraud and securities fraud.

The 50-year-old Manhattan resident blamed his crime on a gambling addiction he said grew from his effort to cope with childhood sexual abuse.

Carton was Esiason's on-air partner for years on WFAN's "Boomer and Carton" show. Carton left the show after his 2017 arrest.

Prosecutors say Carton lied to solicit nearly $7 million from investors for a ticket resale business. They say he blew the money mostly on gambling debts.

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