Acerbic radio sports host Craig Carton resigned Wednesday from WFAN's "Boomer and Carton" morning show days after he was arrested and charged with running a ticket-sale Ponzi scheme.
Carton allegedly bilked investors out of millions of dollars through a ticket-broker scam in order to cover gambling debts.
'Unfortunately, the unfounded legal issues now plaguing me will only be a distraction to everyone at WFAN and the show I helped build.
Carton hosted the morning show for a decade with former Jets quarterback Boomer Esiason.
On Wednesday he said the "unfounded legal issues" would be a distraction to everyone at WFAN and the show he helped build.
"I just want people to know out there, that I love my partner for 10 years", Esiason said (via USA Today). "With that in mind, I have submitted my resignation at the station and they accepted". According to a civil complaint filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission, Carton and fellow NYC resident Joseph Meli "falsely claimed they had access to large blocks of face value tickets to popular concert performances".
The pair, along with co-accused Matthew Wright, are accused of using the cash raised in the second scheme to pay off Meli's original investors and spending the rest of it to clear Carton's gambling debt which, at the end of 2016, totaled more than $1million. He said he always tried to represent them in the best possible light and that while he's sad to see this chapter of his life close, he will now focus on his family, his well-being and clearing his name. He allegedly told investors that they could make big money reselling low-priced tickets to see Katy Perry, Adele, Justin Bieber, and others in concert, federal prosecutors said in court documents. At the time, Carton's lawyer, Robert C. Gottlieb, told News 4 the allegations were a "gross misunderstanding".
In a statement Tuesday, Carton thanked his family, friends and "especially Boomer" for the outpouring of support he says he's received.