Fyre Festival Founder Billy McFarland Arrested On More Fraud Charges

Promoter of Fyre Festival sold bogus 'dinner with Le Bron James' tickets in new scheme authorities

Promoter of Fyre Festival sold bogus 'dinner with Le Bron James' tickets in new scheme authorities

This time, McFarland is charged with selling fake tickets to mega-festivals and events.

The heavily hyped Fyre Festival was to be a "luxury concert" - taking place on a small island in the Bahamas and featuring Blink-182, Migos and Disclosure - but collapsed on in a mess of disorganization on April 29 before it had even started.

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.

Back in March, Billy McFarland pled guilty to two counts of federal wire fraud in connection to the Fyre Festival scandal.

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McFarland has been charged with money laundering and another count of wire fraud, both of which carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

The document continues on to explain that McFarland, "will face criminal charges on top of those to which he already pled guilty". McFarland is also accused of posing as the company's other employees to hide his involvement. "McFarland allegedly went on to sell fraudulent tickets to many grand events, totaling nearly $100,000". He tricked at least 15 people into buying the nonexistent tickets. As his Fyre Festival co-hort Ja Rule would sing, McFarland best prepare for some good "Thug Lovin'". Tickets for the event cost thousands of dollars, but when attendees arrived they found poorly built tents, a lack of food and clean water and an insufficient number of public toilets. Investors in the 2017 Fyre Festival lost over $26 million in what was billed as "the cultural experience of the decade". He faces up to 10 years in prison on those counts.

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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