Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

Awaiting sentencing, Fyre Festival promoter arrested again

Awaiting sentencing, Fyre Festival promoter arrested again

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. He is allegedly behind a business called NYC VIP Access which sold tickets to huge events like the Grammys, the Super Bowl, Coachella, the Met Gala, Burning Man, and more.

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. And he'd told his workers that he would flee if he is sentenced to more than three years in prison next week, she said. Sweeney said in a statement, "McFarland allegedly went on to sell fraudulent tickets to many grand events, totaling nearly $100,000". 15 people allegedly bought tickets from the company, totaling $100,000. He's also accused of attempting to hide his involvement with NYC VIP Access by posing as the company's other employees.

According to the Associated Press, Billy McFarland was arrested Tuesday on a new set of charges related to a recent ticketing scam.

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"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", FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William Sweeney Jr. said in a statement.

Manhattan federal prosecutors say McFarland, 26, began running the ticket scheme in late 2017 - just months after his June 2017 arrest for defrauding investors of his Fyre Media company out of $24 million.

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. Each count faces up to 20 years in jail.

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