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

Radio Host Craig Carton Says He's Not Guilty in Ponzi Ticket Scheme

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- Facing federal criminal charges, Craig Carton has resigned from his job as co-host of WFAN's "Boomer and Carton", according to a statement posted on social media.

He says it's been "incredibly hard" to be silent since his arrest a week ago amid claims that he and others misappropriated at least $5.6 million from two investors.

Carton has hosted "Boomer and Carton" with former Jets quarterback Boomer Esiason since 2007.

"Unfortunately, the unfounded legal issues now plaguing me will only be a distraction to everyone at WFAN and the show I helped build".

"From the bottom of my heart, I'd like to thank my family, friends, listeners and especially the executives at WFAN and CBS Radio for their continued understanding and for giving me the most fantastic platform to do what I love to do the most, besides being with my family".

Carton, 48, was arrested on September 6 and charged with helping to run a multimillion-dollar Ponzi scheme to pay off gambling debts.

Although Carton isn't appearing on morning radio, he spoke up, professing his innocence in statements echoed by his attorney.

"My fight has only just begun and I know when this odd episode is over, I'll be back, stronger than ever". "Craig is a victim who was deceived, manipulated and used by individuals seeking to gather assets for their own fraudulent schemes".

He said he will "continue on with one of the greatest battles of my life", even as the case attracts attention.

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