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Fyre Festival Promoter Arrested on New Set of Fraud Charges

Fyre Festival Promoter Arrested on New Set of Fraud Charges”

McFarland is reportedly now facing a new set of charges connected to a post-Fyre Festival ticket scam.

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.

Prosecutors say McFarland "provided prospective customers with contracts that falsely represented that NYC VIP Access had tickets to exclusive events in fashion, music, and sports".

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 "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.

McFarland is accused of running a sham business called NYC VIP Access from late 2017 up until March 2018. Both carry sentences of up to 20 years in prison. He tricked at least 15 people into buying the nonexistent tickets.

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 pleaded guilty in connection to the Fyre Festival fiasco on March 6 to one count of wire fraud after defrauding over 80 investors out of $24 million, and another count of wire fraud for lying to the company selling tickets, which took over $2 million in losses, according to the Southern District of NY. The event was advertised on social media by Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid and other high-profile social media influencers. He faces up to 10 years in prison on those counts.



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