Craig Car­ton con­victed of fraud

The News-Times - - SCOREBOARD -

NEW YORK — Craig Car­ton, the for­mer co-host of a sports ra­dio show with ex-NFL quar­ter­back Boomer Esi­a­son, emerged from a court­house where he was con­victed of fraud Wed­nes­day to say he was dis­ap­pointed with the ver­dict, though he re­spected it.

“I need to let it sink in now,” Car­ton said. “I’m go­ing to go home and hug my kids and let my lawyers deal with the rest of it.”

His lawyers said they planned to ap­peal the Man­hat­tan fed­eral court jury ver­dict. Sen­tenc­ing was set for Feb. 27 on charges of con­spir­acy, wire fraud and se­cu­ri­ties fraud. Though the charges carry a po­ten­tial penalty of 45 years in prison, any sen­tence was likely to be far less than that.

The ver­dict came after five hours of de­lib­er­a­tions that be­gan Tues­day.

Car­ton, 49, of Man­hat­tan, was ac­cused of swin­dling in­vestors in a ticket re­selling busi­ness. Pros­e­cu­tors said he spent in­vestor money on per­sonal ex­penses, in­clud­ing gam­bling debts and land­scap­ing bills.

U.S. At­tor­ney Ge­of­frey S. Ber­man said after the ver­dict that Car­ton en­ticed in­vestors by tout­ing his show busi­ness con­tacts and his abil­ity to score seats to live events, say­ing he could grow their in­vest­ments by re­selling pre­mium tick­ets.

“As a unan­i­mous Man­hat­tan jury has found, Car­ton was all talk,” Ber­man said in a state­ment.

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