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Published: Sat, September 09, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

WFAN's 'Boomer and Carton' co-host reportedly arrested in fake ticket scam

WFAN's 'Boomer and Carton' co-host reportedly arrested in fake ticket scam

It's unclear what those charges are, CBS2 reported.

Details on the investigation were expected to be released later Wednesday.

Carton is one half of the popular "Boomer and Carton" sports radio show on WFAN along with former Bengals quarterback Boomer Esiason. They are cooperating with authorities. He was also charged with stealing a further $2m by tricking a concert venue into forwarding an investor's money into a bank account belonging to one of Carton's companies.

Officials say Carton didn't seem too fazed - assuring the other man he had another $1 million coming in from investors and "will need to be discussed how to handle". He allegedly concocted a scheme in which he sought people to invest in a ticket reselling business.

Carton started his career as a radio host in Buffalo in 1991. Esiason assumed his on-air partner of 10 years was taking a sick day when he did not appear at the studio.

"Behind all the talk, the Wright and Carton show was just a sham, created to fleece investors out of millions ultimately to be spent on payments to casinos and to pay off other personal debt", Kim said.

According to the SEC's complaint, one investor was provided documents falsely representing that large blocks of Adele tickets were being purchased at face value directly from Adele's management company when in fact no such agreement was in place. Jerry Recco filled in for him. Carton, instead, is alleged to have paid off heavy gambling debts.

Authorities alleged the scam was devised by Carton to cover gambling losses and a personal debt of more than $825,000 to an unidentified individual.

Carton has co-hosted the popular sports talk show on WFAN with Boomer Esiason since September 2007. Carton is married with four children. Carton, who has been co-hosting Boomer & Carton for a decade and reportedly earns $250,000 a year, is facing up to 45 years in jail and millions in fines.

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