Report: Former WFAN Host Craig Carton Released From Prison

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Former WFAN host Craig Carton was released from federal prison Tuesday morning, according to a report from Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, and will enter either home confinement or a halfway house to finish out his sentence.

Carton, 51, was arrested in September 2017 on charges of wire fraud, securities fraud, and conspiracy to commit those offenses, as part of an alleged ticket resale scam that netted nearly $7 million. He was convicted in November 2018 and sentenced in April 2019 to $5 million in restitution and 36-to-42 months in prison – reporting to the federal penitentiary in Lewisburg, Penn., in June 2019 to begin that sentence.

Marchand notes that Carton’s release, which comes just over a year into that sentence, is unrelated to COVID-19, but was spurred in part by his completion of certain programs offered by the federal penitentiary.

Carton was a 15-year radio vet when he joined WFAN in 2007, and on Sept. 4 of that year, he began a decade-long run alongside Boomer Esiason on the station’s top-rated AM Drive show, Boomer and Carton. That run ended unofficially on Sept. 6, 2017, when Carton was arrested and suspended from WFAN indefinitely, and officially ended a week later when Carton resigned from the station.

In his report, Marchand speculates that a return to WFAN is a possibility, noting that Chris Oliviero, a long-time CBS Radio executive and former producer of Carton’s, recently took over as the head of Entercom’s New York market.

“It is believed that when Oliviero agreed to return to the company he asked if he would be able to re-hire Carton at FAN. He was told he would be allowed to if he saw fit, according to sources,” Marchand wrote. “It is not a done deal and it is not exactly clear when Carton would be able to return to FAN, but with him released there is a belief that a return to FAN could very well happen."

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