Former WFAN talk show personality Craig Carton has been given 42 months in prison for running a ticket Ponzi scheme on Friday by a federal judge in Manhattan.
Carton tried a plea for leniency, saying he was a victim of childhood rape and gambling addiction. However, U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon didn't see it through.
"Gambling may be why you did what you did, but a gambling addiction is not an excuse for stealing from people," Judge McMahon said per Newsday's John Riley.
Carton's leniency bid was backed by some of his sports friends, including his former WFAN partner in Boomer Esiason. Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie also backed Carton.
Carton initially denied all charges against him in 2017 that he had raised more than $5 million by lying to investors about ticket deals that he used instead to pay off his gambling debts. He was convicted of his crimes last year.
His denial last until about a month ago when he told Judge McMahon he was "remorseful," while mentioning his gambling addiction and childhood assault incidents. Carton's sentence could have received a maximum of 45 years in prison, however his sentence was light to prosecutors. They were asking for at least 70 months, which is "the low end of advisory federal sentencing guidelines calling for a term of 70 and 87 months."
Based on court filings, Carton had asked for less time, saying he would be able to not only pay back his victims faster outside of prison, but could also be an advocate to warn people about gambling given his celebrity.