Fyre Festival Promoter Billy McFarland Arrested On Fraud Charges

Esequiel Farfan
Junio 13, 2018

Billy McFarland, 26, will remain behind bars until a judge, who is scheduled to sentence him next week in the festival case, decides whether he can be freed on bail.

Billy McFarland was ordered detained Tuesday after his arrest on charges he operated a sham ticket scheme, selling fraudulent tickets to music and sporting events. The head of New York's FBI Office, William F. Sweeney Jr. says that McFarland didn't stop committing fraud crimes after he plead guilty for the Fyre Festival incident.

McFarland used a spreadsheet identifying the Fyre Festival attendees with the highest salaries, the feds said. Sweeney said in a statement, "McFarland allegedly went on to sell fraudulent tickets to many grand events, totaling nearly $100,000". McFarland ran the company NYC VIP Access, which advertised tickets to events such as the Met Gala, Burning Man, Coachella, the 2018 Grammy Awards and Super Bowl LII, despite not actually having any tickets to the events, according to the complaint unsealed Tuesday.

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For the ticket scam, McFarland now faces a new count of wire fraud and one count of money laundering. Both charges carry up a maximum of a 20 year sentence.

Next Thursday, June 21st, a sentencing hearing for McFarland's Fyre Festival wire fraud charges is taking place; he faces up to 40 years in prison.

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. The plea pertained to the bungled spring 2017 Fyre Festival on the Bahamian island of Exuma that cost over 80 investors a total of $26 million.

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