'Boomer and Carton' radio host Craig Carton arrested

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Authorities say New York sports radio host Craig Carton faces fraud charges for engaging in a ticket-selling scam after accumulating gambling debts.

Conspiracy and securities fraud charges were unsealed in Manhattan federal court on Wednesday against the host of WFAN-AM's "Boomer and Carton" show.

In a civil case, the Securities and Exchange Commission said Carton in mid-2016 solicited investments in ticket reselling enterprises after he accrued millions of dollars' worth of gambling-related debts.

The 48-year-old Carton, a New Rochelle native, has hosted the sports-themed radio program broadcast on WFAN since 2007 with former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason.

Patrick Leno, the owner of popular New Rochelle restaurant Leno's Clam Bar, says he has known Carton for years. He says Carton’s a good guy who has apparently found himself in a bad place.

"I feel bad for him. If he has a problem gambling that bad he had to do that, he needs help. He should get himself help," he says.

Carton was not on the air Wednesday. It was unclear who will represent Carton in court.

CBS, which owns WFAN, says in its story about Carton's arrest that it is cooperating with authorities.

Carton was released from custody on a $500,000 bond.

AP wires contributed to this report.

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