Carton looked straight ahead as the guilty verdicts were read, according to the NY Post. Outside the courthouse, he told reporters,“I need to let it sink in now,” before saying, “I’m going to go home and hug my kids and let my lawyers deal with the rest of it.”
His lawyer, Robert Gottlieb, said Carton will appeal the verdict. Carton is due back in court Feb. 27 for sentencing.
“As a unanimous Manhattan jury has found, Carton was all talk,” US Attorney Geoffrey Berman said to reporters after the conviction. “Carton fabricated contracts for blocks of tickets and spent the almost $7 million he collected from investors on gambling and personal expenses,” Berman added.
Early last week, Yormark —also head of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment— took the stand and told jurors he had never signed a deal that promised millions of dollars in concert tickets to a company led by Carton, despite Carton’s claims to investors he had an inside deal at the arena that also hosted a concession stand bearing his name.