NY Post- Disgraced sports radio host Craig Carton was sentenced to three and a half years in prison Friday in a nearly $7 million ticket resale scam meant to pay off his gambling debts — as the judge admitted she was a fan before haranguing him. The 50-year-old shock jock begged for no prison in Manhattan federal court but couldn’t sway Judge Colleen McMahon. “Colleen from New York. First time, long time,” the jurist greeted Carton. Then she laced into him. “Your marriage is over, your kids are terrified … reputation in tatters,” she said, as the dad of four sat expressionless. “Craig Carton, you have indeed descended into a hell of your own making.” On top of the 42-month sentence, Carton was ordered to complete 150 hours of community service and pay $4.8 million in restitution. Carton, who rose to fame as the brash half of WFAN’s “Boomer and Carton” show, convinced deep-pocketed hedge funders to plunk down millions of dollars for blocks of tickets to Adele, Metallica and Barbra Streisand shows. He promised big returns on resales — but never delivered. Instead, Carton kept about $4.8 million for himself, using the cash in a Ponzi-like scheme to pay off debts he accrued as part of a gambling addiction gone awry. “Your honor, my name is Craig C. and I’m a compulsive gambler,” he told McMahon. “I’m truly powerless over this disease.” Prosecutors asked for a sentence between five and seven years. Carton claimed he was trying to get his real ticket-selling business off the ground when he fell into gambling and also claimed he was a victim of sexual abuse as a child. He said he turned to gambling to escape that pain. “I never intended to take money from people and not pay them back,” he said in court. “I had grandiose plans about how we would all make money together.” But in a lengthy lecture, McMahon noted, “A gambling addiction is not an excuse for stealing from people or defrauding people.”
NOTE: Please understand I fully acknowledge I am bias and I like Craig Carton and want to see him get back on his feet. So I am skewed here.
OK First thing’s first. 3.5 years is not too terrible. Secondly, I think there’s some validity to Craig saying he has an addiction and there’s a better way to handle this situation. Thirdly, while I believe that, I also agree with the judge saying “Ok, fine, but regardless a gambling addiction doesnt excuse you from breaking the law. Fourthly, I still really stand by the fact that Craig scammed hedge funds and loan sharks and so, I just dont feel that bad about the victims. I just dont.
Which is probably why Judge Colleen McMahon said FUCK IT, gave Carton half his potential jail time, and dropped a “FIRST TIME LONG TIME” ON YOUR BITCH ASSES!! Thats a fucking wild move! Short of saying “HELLLLLO!!! LA LA LA!!!” and calling him Craigy thats the most bias thing you can say when sentencing a WFAN Radio host to jail. That girl is straight up a fan of Boomer and Carton and gave him the best deal he possibly could. You’d have to imagine she loses her job right? Or her reputation is forever sullied? As a minister of justice the ONE thing youre supposed to do is stay impartial, no? And she drops first time long time!!?? I cant get over it. Its such an outrageous move I cant believe a bigger deal is not being made of it.
So shout out to Colleen. It could have definitely been worse. Craigy is gonna have to hold his head, do this 3.5 year stint, and when thats over we’re see him rise from the ashes and resume dominating New York radio. Nobody cares about this ticket scheme…anyone pretending to be super upset or offended by his scam is doing just that – pretending. Is Craig trust worthy? No. Does he have problems? Yes. Is it a super delicate situation that would need to be handled properly? Yup. But I guarantee it aint the end for Craig Carton. Because dude can talk the talk and he puts asses in the seats.
First time long time. Jiminy cricket I cant get over it.