Organizer of infamous failed Fyre Festival charged with duping customers again

Organizer of infamous failed Fyre Festival charged with duping customers again

This time, McFarland is charged with selling fake tickets to mega-festivals and events.

Fyre Festival was one of the biggest flops in the history of music festivals.

In a complaint and affidavit released late Tuesday by U.S. Attorney's Office of the Southern District of NY, the government accuses McFarland of starting a company called NYC VIP Access, which purported to sell tickets to high-end events including the Met Gala and the Grammy Awards. 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. He had already plead guilty to two counts of wire fraud in March, while still facing over a $100 million in class action lawsuits from angry Fyre Festival ticket buyers who were promised a luxury music festival in the Bahamas.

According to federal prosecutors, the scheme to sell tickets to exclusive events, such as the 2018 Grammy Awards, Met Gala, Super Bowl LII, and even a private dinner with LeBron James, was a fraud from the start, and specifically targeted people who had fallen for the Fyre Festival.

Billy McFarland the promoter of the failed Fyre Festival in the Bahamas leaves federal court after pleading guilty to wire fraud charges Tuesday

Brendan McDermid / Reuters Billy McFarland (left) sold almost $100,000 worth of fraudulent tickets in the several months since he's been free on bail, according to federal prosecutors.

Because of the new complaint, the government has asked the judge in McFarland's other criminal case - the one he pled guilty to in March - to suspend the sentencing scheduled for next week until it can amend its pre-sentencing report.

According to the filing, McFarland tried to cover up his involvement in NYC VIP Access by using a then-employee's email account instead of his own, according to the filing. Investors in the 2017 Fyre Festival lost over $26 million in what was billed as "the cultural experience of the decade".

Hulu announced in April it was producing a documentary series about the Fyre Festival.

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