Craig Carton Bio
Craig Carton (age 50 years) is an American radio personality best known as the former co-host of the Boomer and Carton sports radio program on WFAN in New York City from 2007–2017.
Born: January 31, 1969 (age 50 years), New Rochelle, New York, United States
Previous show(s): Boomer and Carton; The Jersey Guys; Sports Guys
Spouse: Kim Carton
Children: Sonny Carton, Mickey Carton, Lucky Carton, Anthony Carton
Craig Carton was born on 31 January 1969 in New Rochelle, New York, United States. Carton revealed that he was raped several times as a child. While in his teens, he was diagnosed with Tourette syndrome.
He graduated from New Rochelle High School and the S.I. Newhouse School at Syracuse University with a degree in broadcast journalism in 1991. He was also a member of the Pi chapter of Psi Upsilon fraternity during his time at Syracuse University.
While in school he worked on the cable television show Views From the Bridge. On June 4, 2013, his first book, Loudmouth: Tales (and Fantasies) of Sports, Sex, and Salvation from Behind the Microphone, was released.
On June 6, 2013, Carton launched the Tic Toc Stop Foundation, aimed at wiping out Tourette syndrome. Fundraising includes a bowling event known as “Strike Out Tourettes”.
His tenure at the station ended after he was arrested in September 2017 on charges of securities fraud and wire fraud for allegedly running a concert ticket Ponzi scheme.
On March 29, 2018, amid the current allegations against him, Carton launched his new program, “Carton and Friends” with Michelle Serpico on the FNTSY Sports Network, an online broadcaster. In November 2018, Carton was convicted of all charges. He was sentenced to three and a half years in prison.
Arrest and conviction for Ponzi scheme
On September 6, 2017, Carton was arrested by federal agents at his home in New York City on criminal charges of securities fraud, wire fraud, and conspiracy to commit those offenses.
Carton, Michael Wright, and Joseph Meli are alleged to have run a Ponzi scheme that defrauded $5.6 million from investors by falsely claiming they had access to millions of dollars of concert tickets at face value through non-existent agreements with concert promoters.
Carton allegedly used the funds from new investors to cover millions of dollars of gambling debts and to repay earlier investors, according to a parallel civil complaint filed by the US Securities and Exchange Commission.
After receiving an indefinite suspension from WFAN, Carton resigned from the station on September 13, ending his ten-year stint as co-host of Boomer and Carton, leaving Esiason as the sole host. Carton said he made the decision to give his former show “the best opportunity to succeed without further disruption”.
He was convicted November 7, 2018, in Manhattan federal court after a week-long trial and sentencing was scheduled for February 27, 2019, but then delayed until March 15, 2019.
Carton was sentenced on April 5 to three and a half years in prison and ordered to make restitution of $5 million; he must turn himself by July 15 to begin his sentence.