Fyre Festival Founder Billy McFarland Arrested On More Fraud Charges

Lewis Collier
June 13, 2018

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.

"In March of 2018, William McFarland pled guilty to defrauding investors and vendors of the Fyre Festival, but it is apparent that he did not stop there".

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.

McFarland has been charged with one count of wire fraud and one count of money laundering. The event was advertised on social media by Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid and other high-profile social media influencers. He also said one of McFarland's colleagues, co-operating with prosecutors, was framing him.

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

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William McFarland, who is still awaiting sentencing for the failed festival, has now been charged by the Southern District of NY with selling tickets that did not exist to marquee sports and music events.

The "tickets", which were supposedly intended for events including this year's Grammys, the Super Bowl, Coachella, the Met Gala and Burning Man, were sold to 15 people and amounted to almost $100,000.

Greenberg said McFarland was living lavishly with month-long stays in luxury hotels and excursions to expensive restaurants.

She said prosecutors were considering additional charges including bank fraud and an identity theft charge that would carry a mandatory two-year prison sentence upon conviction.

According to Pitchfork, McFarland solicited Fyre Festival attendees to purchase tickets from the site when the tickets did not exist.

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