Fyre Festival Founder Billy McFarland Arrested On More Fraud Charges

Billy McFarland

Billy McFarland

McFarland was trying to sell the tickets in March, the same month he pleaded guilty to defrauding investors for the Fyre Festival, prosecutors allege.

MacFarland was charged Tuesday in NY with one count of wire fraud and one count of money laundering.

The crooked promoter of the disastrous Fyre Festival went back to defrauding people after he was arrested past year - and his newest victims include angry attendees of his infamously shoddy 2017 music festival, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

Attendees at Fyre Festival in the Bahamas were promised a luxurious, private party, but instead found themselves eating bread and cheese sandwiches under a tent. The 26-year-old has been accused of selling fraudulent tickets to sporting, fashion, and music events through his company NYC VIP Access. He is allegedly behind a business called NYC VIP Access which sold tickets to huge events like the Grammys, the Super Bowl, Coachella, the Met Gala, Burning Man, and more.




However, McFarland was charged with an additional count of wire fraud and money laundering late Tuesday afternoon by the Southern District of NY. Each of the four counts carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, although, on the initial charges at least, he was realistically looking at a much lighter sentence. He tricked at least 15 people into buying the nonexistent tickets.

McFarland allegedly began running the ticket scheme in late 2017 - just months after his June 2017 arrest for defrauding Fyre Media investors out of $24 million.

McFarland sent proceeds from the fraudulent sales to other people's accounts in an attempt to hide his connection to the funds, prosecutors said.

We're told the documentary crew behind Hulu's upcoming Fyre Festival docuseries, being produced by Cinemart, has been following McFarland's hearings.

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