On Friday, former WFAN host Craig Carton was sentenced to three and a half years in jail for ticket scam.
Craig Carton, the former host of the “Boomer & Carton” show on WFAN in New York, was sentenced to three and a half years in jail for his role in a ticket scam scandal.
The 50-year-old was part of a $7 million ticket resale scam along with two others that cost Carton his marriage, job at WFAN, and now, his freedom.
A jury convicted Carton of conspiracy, wire fraud, and securities fraud in November.
Judge Colleen McMahon, a fan of Carton’s prior to the trial, handed out the sentence to the former WFAN radio star. Prosecutors were looking for a sentence between five and seven years.
In what could be viewed as jurist sarcasm, Judge McMahon started the sentencing hearing with “Colleen from New York, first time, long time.” A reminder of what was once the successful life of the disgraced radio broadcaster.
Carton and his team tried to convince the judge that his crime was brought out by his gambling addiction. He also blamed his failures on his youth where he claimed to be a victim of sexual abuse as a child.
The judge was not convinced as she handed down the sentence.
Her statement, reported by the Andrew Denney of the New York Post, was strong and without contention as Carton listened to the sentencing.
“Your marriage is over, your kids are terrified … reputation in tatters,” she said, as the dad of four sat expressionlessly. “Craig Carton, you have indeed descended into a hell of your own making.”
Carton was ordered to complete 150 hours of community service and pay $4.8 million in restitution.