Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Man behind Fyre Festival disaster busted for scamming attendees - again

Man behind Fyre Festival disaster busted for scamming attendees - again

The crooked promoter of the disastrous Fyre Festival went back to defrauding people after he was arrested previous year - and his newest victims include angry attendees of his infamously shoddy 2017 music festival, prosecutors said on Tuesday. The Fyre Festival founder was arrested for allegedly selling fraud tickets for fashion, music and sport events.

Back in March, Billy McFarland pled guilty to two counts of federal wire fraud in connection to the Fyre Festival scandal. He's also had to come up with $26 million to repay those festival investors he defrauded. According to the Manhattan U.S. Attorney's Office, the scam affected a minimum of 15 victims, who were collectively charged around $100,000 for the phony tickets.

While on pretrial release over the Fyre Media scheme, McFarland targeted attendees of the disastrous Fyre Festival to purchase tickets to exclusive events that didn't actually exist, including tickets to the 2018 Met Gala, according to the complaint.

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If you're wondering what the heck is going on, since McFarland's already scheduled to be sentenced after pleading guilty in the Fyre Festival case, it appears after his initial arrest he was still trying to run scams.

MacFarland was charged Tuesday in NY with one count of wire fraud and one count of money laundering. Sweeney said in a statement, "McFarland allegedly went on to sell fraudulent tickets to many grand events, totaling nearly $100,000". Each carries a maximum sentence of 20 years behind bars.

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