WFAN host Craig Carton, lawyer respond to ticket-scam charges

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Craig Carton in a 2012 file photo.

Former 610WIP radio host Craig Carton, whose arrest last week in New York on fraud charges sent his Boomer & Carton WFAN morning radio show into turmoil, says he is innocent in the case involving allegations of a fake-ticket scam.

Carton said in a statement:

“I want to thank my family, friends and fans and especially Boomer for the outpouring of public and private support I’ve received over the past few days.

As you can imagine, it’s been incredibly hard to be silent while there is an endless stream of vitriol being hurled my way, but I’m confident that when the facts come out, you’ll see that I am not guilty of these charges.

My fight has only just begun and I know when this strange episode is over, I’ll be back, stronger than ever.

Thank you for all the kind words and good wishes as I continue on with one of the greatest battles of my life.”

Carton’s lawyer, Robert C. Gottlieb of Gottlieb & Janey, also released a statement, saying the radio host was duped himself and did not commit a crime:

“The government’s allegations against Craig Carton demonstrate a gross misunderstanding of what happened. Craig is a victim who was deceived, manipulated and used by individuals seeking to gather assets for their own fraudulent schemes.

Craig is a good man, devoted to his family with a longtime personal commitment to giving back to his community. Through TicTocStop, a foundation focused on funding Tourette Syndrome research and programs for children who have the syndrome, Craig has sponsored a $340,000 study by the University of Tennessee Dental School to develop a revolutionary new treatment for patients with mild to moderate Tourette Syndrome. Currently in review with the FDA, the appliance, called the Tic Guard, has shown an average tic reduction (both motor and vocal) of 39%. Every year the foundation also fully funds Camp Carton, a sleep-away summer camp serving children ages 9–13 years old that are suffering from Tourette’s. So far 175 children have attended the camp.

Craig has also hosted numerous charitable events for fallen police officers and local heroes.”

Carton allegedly bilked investors out of millions of dollars through a ticket-broker scam in order to cover gambling debts.