Federal Bureau of Investigation agents arrested Carton at his Manhattan home at 3:45 a.m. Wednesday before he could leave for work at a show that starts at 6 a.m.
Wright and Carton are scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday afternoon. WPIX reports that investors were defrauded for over $2 million.
Instead, the group dipped into a ticket reselling venture they had brewing, for which they already got $1 million from an investor, according to the court filings.
CHIBBS Opening Night screening at the IFC Center on May 3, 2017 in New York City.
FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William Sweeney Jr. said Carton and Wright's alleged scheme was "destined for failure". The criminal complaint wasn't immediately available, but a related lawsuit filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission said Carton and another man, Joseph Meli, raised more than $5 million from investors in a Ponzi scheme claiming access to tickets for resale to concerts including Adele, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber and Barbra Streisand.
"In reality, no such agreements with the concert promoter or venue existed, and the signatures for the concert promoter or venue were forged", the SEC said. But: "Carton. had no deals to purchase any tickets at all", US Attorney Joon Kim says.
This co-conspirator allegedly sent a text message to Carton and Wright about their plan to "clean up the debt".
In 2005, the bombastic shock jock tussled with then acting-Gov. "I'm - I'm taken aback and surprised by it, just like I'm sure everybody else is as well".
"That's real professional. You want to fight?" the radio host fired back.
"They said it wouldn't last", Carton told The Post in 2011, referring to the hit show's beginning.
The SEC also filed a parallel action against Carton on Wednesday. "Unfortunately, he was arrested this morning".