Benched WFAN host Craig Carton’s Tourette syndrome charity has done little more than hold fundraising events to keep itself afloat, doling out little to no cash for research or treatment of the disorder — but appears to have given him connections to exploit for an alleged $5.6 million Ponzi scheme.
Internal Revenue Service records show the Tic Toc Stop nonprofit has raised more than $1 million since Carton — who was suspended from his sports-talk radio job following his arrest Wednesday — founded it in 2013 to “fight against Tourette Syndrome.”
Carton and two of his four kids suffer from the condition.
But nearly all the cash raised has been spent on something other than Tourette syndrome, including a series of golf outings, galas and other fundraising events.
Indeed, photos posted on the charity’s website show Carton palling around with retired pro athletes including Mets reliever John Franco, Yankees catcher Rick Cerone and Knicks guard John Starks at one of the big-bucks fundraisers.
In its IRS filings, Tic Top Stop lists two unexplained “contributions” totaling $103,390 made in 2013-’14. Even if that entire amount went to treatment or research, that would account for less than 10 percent of what the charity has taken in, the filings reveal.
An expert with the Charity Navigator watchdog group said the lack of any “program expenses” in its most recent, 2015 filing raised a “major red flag.”
“We rarely ever see organizations report zero for program expenses,” Katie Rusnock said.
“We occasionally see low ratios, but this is definitely far outside the norm.”
Earlier this year, Tic Top Stop’s fourth annual celebrity golf outing was co-chaired by board member Doug Pardon, whom The Post has identified as the “hedge fund partner” Carton targeted to allegedly scam $4.6 million from Brigade Capital Management.
Carton and two alleged accomplices are accused of creating a sham ticket-reselling operation to defraud the fund and an unidentified “individual investor” to help Carton pay off around $3 million in gambling debts.
Part of the scheme allegedly involved the use of phony documents detailing an agreement for Carton to purchase $2 million worth of seats to shows by Barbra Streisand and Metallica at face value, directly from the venue at which both acts were scheduled to perform.
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