Sports-radio personality and alleged fraudster Craig Carton defended his old haunt, WFAN, on Thursday, saying that he never witnessed the frat-boy shenanigans described in a shocking new lawsuit — and hinted that he hoped to one day get his old job back.
“My 10 years at the FAN were nothing but professional and above board in every manner,” Carton said after his Manhattan federal-court hearing in his fraud case Thursday.
“When I am acquitted of these charges and exonerated, I will look to get my career back to the level it was on before I was arrested,” he added.
An unrelated lawsuit was filed in Brooklyn state court Wednesday claiming that WFAN was run like a “frat house” and allowed sexual harassment to run rampant. The lawsuit, filed by advertising employee Lauren Lockwood, claims that WFAN host Joe Benigno pressured Lockwood into threesomes and showed her a naked picture of his wife.
Carton, the former Boomer Esiason radio sidekick, defended WFAN after his court hearing over his alleged scheme to defraud a hedge fund out of $4.6 million by claiming he would use the money to purchase tickets for events.
Instead, Carton and an alleged co-conspirator, Michael Wright, used the money for other things, including $1 million for casinos and $1.19 million to pay off debts for Carton and Wright, the feds have said.
“I’m innocent, and I’m looking forward to the trial,” Carton said.
“I wish the trial started today,” he added of the Oct. 29 trial date.
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