Published: Wed, June 13, 2018

Awaiting sentencing, Fyre Festival promoter arrested again

Awaiting sentencing, Fyre Festival promoter arrested again

Prosecutors say McFarland committed crimes even after he pleaded guilty in March to defrauding investors and vendors in the Fyre Festival.

He says the 26-year-old McFarland went on to sell fraudulent tickets totaling nearly $100,000 to various events. On Tuesday, he was charged with starting another fraudulent company late previous year and running it right up until he entered his guilty plea for Fyre Festival three months ago.

In a complaint and affidavit released late Tuesday by U.S. Attorney's Office of the Southern District of NY, the government accuses McFarland of starting a company called NYC VIP Access, which purported to sell tickets to high-end events including the Met Gala and the Grammy Awards. He's due to be sentenced this month after pleading guilty in March.

Each of the three wire fraud charges, as well as the money laundering charge, carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

Fyre Festival founder Billy McFarland has been arrested on fresh fraud charges following a post-Fyre Festival ticket scam, reports Pitchfork.


McFarland used a spreadsheet identifying the Fyre Festival attendees with the highest salaries, the feds said. He tricked at least 15 people into buying the nonexistent tickets.

McFarland was released on $300,000 bail in June 2017 after federal prosecutors accused him of giving investors fake documents to convince them to plow more than $1 million into his company and the Fyre Festival. The festival was anything but the ultra-luxurious event promoted as "the cultural experience of the decade" and touted on social media by Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Emily Ratajkowski and other models and celebrities.

Just when you thought it was safe, the epic millennial influencer debacle known as Fyre Festival is back in the news for, surprise, fraud.

Hulu announced in April it was producing a documentary series about the Fyre Festival.

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