A federal judge has approved a request by Craig Carton to travel the United States and look for a job while he awaits his trial for allegedly operating a Ponzi scheme.
“Mr. Carton is now undertaking employment search, which requires unrestricted travel,” attorney Derrelle Janey wrote in a letter to Colleen McMahon, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
“Even though Mr. Carton would be employed in the New York area, the nature of certain employment prospects requires travel to corporate offices across and throughout the continental United States on short notice. Accordingly, and in light of the applicable legal standard for bail modification in the Second
Circuit, discussed below, Mr. Carton respectfully submits this application to amend his conditions of release to restrict travel to the continental United States.”
McMahon approved the request, writing “OK with me” on the court order. After posting $500,000 bail, Carton pled not guilty to the charges in November that he operated a Ponzi scheme involving a ticket resale business that included Joe Meli, scamming investors for $4 million. He’s set to go to trial on federal charges of wire fraud, securities fraud and conspiracy in September. If found guilty, he faces up to 45 years in prison and heavy fines.
“Mr. Carton’s conduct to date leaves no question that he is able, and fully intends, to continue reliably participating in this case,” wrote Janey.
Janey also wrote “Mr. Carton has complied with all conditions of his release; he has attended all required Court appearances; he has retained undersigned counsel in his defense; and, by and through counsel, he has made submissions to the Court in furtherance of his defense. In short, Mr. Carton has treated, and will continue to treat, this proceeding with the utmost seriousness. Finally, neither the charges against Mr. Carton nor the underlying facts alleged in the indictment raise any spectre of violence. Mr. Carton poses no risk to the safety of any person or the community.”
Carton is looking for a job after resigning from WFAN’s “Boomer and Carton” show with former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason after he was charged in September. He launched a podcast last year called “Hello, My Name Is Craig” and briefly entertained a job with Barstool Sports. Carton has listed his Chester, N.J., home for sale, with a price tag of $2.4M.
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