Fyre Festival Founder Billy McFarland Arrested Again for Fraud

Fyre Festival Founder Billy McFarland Arrested Again for Fraud

The Feds allege that in 2017, McFarland, while out on bail and awaiting the outcome of his previous charges, had employees call the highest earning Fyre festival attendees.

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

Fyre Festival founder Billy McFarland, who pleaded guilty to two counts wire fraud in March, was charged Tuesday with running a fraudulent ticket-selling scam while he was out on bail and faces new charges, federal prosecutors told the New York Times on Tuesday. An attorney for McFarland did not immediately respond to Variety's request for comment.

The organizer of the infamous Fyre Festival, a failed concert in the Bahamas in 2017 that went viral for its lack of success, has been charged with duping customers again. The Fyre Festival founder was arrested for allegedly selling fraud tickets for fashion, music and sport events.

"We vigorously contest what is in this complaint", his lawyer Randall Jackson told the judge.

In the government's statement, McFarland is accused of bilking ticket buyers out of around $100,000, including $36,000 in fraudulent tickets to this year's Met Gala and $1,300 to Burning Man.

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Greenberg said McFarland was living lavishly with monthlong stays in luxury hotels and excursions to expensive restaurants. Each carries a maximum sentence of 20 years behind bars.

"The weight of the evidence here is quite strong", Greenberg said.

McFarland allegedly targeted Fyre Festival customers and then laundered the fraud proceeds to "others' financial accounts in an effort to hide his ownership and control of the funds".

"Mr. McFarland is looking at a significant term of imprisonment".

For his latest scam, McFarland reportedly made $100,000 Dollars selling these new bogus tickets through NYC VIP Access, a company he controlled.

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