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Thursday’s Mashup: Former WFAN host Craig Carton found guilty on all fraud charges

Lucy Burdge
November 08, 2018 - 6:26 am

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-- Former WFAN host Craig Carton was found guilty on all three fraud charges against him, a Manhattan court ruled on Wednesday. He faces up to 45 years in prison.

The jury spent less than a day deliberating before deciding Carton is guilty of the charges, including securities fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud stemming from his role in defrauding investors in a bulk ticket buying scheme to pay off his gambling debts.

“I need to let it sink in now,” Carton told reporters. “I’ll have nothing else to say other than my plans. … I’m going to go home and hug my kids and let my lawyers deal with the rest of it.”

“As a unanimous Manhattan jury has found, Carton was all talk,” Manhattan US Attorney Geoffrey Berman said. “Carton fabricated contracts for blocks of tickets and spent the almost $7 million he collected from investors on gambling and personal expenses.”

Carton pled not guilty to the charges when he was arrested in September and did not show up for his WFAN show, Boomer & Carton, that morning.

He hosted Carton & Friends until the end of September when he announced the show would be on hiatus due to the trial.

Looks like that probably won’t be back.

-- Le'Veon Bell confused a few people on Wednesday night when he posted two tweets with upside down text.


Besides the actual content of the tweets, some, like Albert Breer, were thrown off by the flipped text.

For those who don't have time to decode the tweets of a drama queen, they say, “Just about everybody has an opinion on my life and worried about what I'm doing. Don't judge me off my decision because maybe this isn't what you'd do.... But most people don't take the time to simply read between the lines and that's clearly on them. I'm not going to apologize for what I believe is right for myself, family and the rest of my peers, period.... Also, if you're really finding the time to figure out what I'm saying you've proved my point."

Bell was speaking out on his situation with the Steelers, as under the collective bargaining agreement he has to sign his franchise tender or sign a one-year deal with the team ahead of the deadline on Nov. 13 in order to retain his eligibility for this season.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It brings a little fun into it. I haven’t seen it in awhile. The last time was probably [Darrelle Revis> when he went back to New York. It’s going to be kind of funny. I haven’t seen them in a Titans uniform.” -- Julian Edelman, on seeing former teammate Malcolm Butler again when the Patriots face the Titans on Sundays