NEW YORK — The former co-host of a sports radio show with ex-NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason has been convicted of fraud.

The verdict against Craig Carton was returned by a jury Wednesday at a federal court in New York. Jurors deliberated for about five hours.

Carton was accused of swindling investors in a ticket reselling business. Prosecutors said he took their money and spent it on personal expenses, including gambling.

Lawyers for Carton had argued during a week-and-a-half long trial that Carton was no crook and that he was victimized by another businessman.

Prosecutors said the former co-host of WFAN's "Boomer and Carton" show had misappropriated at least $5.6 million.Carton didn't visibly react as the verdict was announced.

Carton rose to fame as the afternoon host of the "Jersey Guys" on New Jersey 101.5 from 2002-2007.

Sentencing was set for February 27.

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