Man behind Fyre Festival disaster busted for scamming attendees - again
Jun 14 2018
According to the Associated Press, Billy McFarland was arrested Tuesday on a new set of charges related to a recent ticketing scam. 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. McFarland, who pleaded guilty to wire fraud after has just been charged again with money laundering for setting up a fake ticketing scam. The schemer reportedly sold bogus tickets to A-list events like the 2018 Met Gala, 2018 Grammy Awards, Super Bowl LII and even a private dinner with National Basketball Association superstar LeBron James.
McFarland is accused of running a sham business called NYC VIP Access from late 2017 up until March 2018.
However, McFarland was charged with an additional count of wire fraud and money laundering late Tuesday afternoon by the Southern District of NY.
He pleaded guilty in March to two counts of wire fraud stemming from the April 2017 Fyre Festival debacle, in which attendees paid upwards of $250,000 for tickets to attend what McFarland's company billed as an ultra-luxurious music festival that turned out to be an ultra-chaotic mess. He tricked at least 15 people into buying the nonexistent tickets.
McFarland, 26, sold fake tickets to exclusive events, including the Met Gala and Coachella, for several months while he was awaiting sentencing for charges related to the Fyre Festival, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY. As his Fyre Festival co-hort Ja Rule would sing, McFarland best prepare for some good "Thug Lovin'". Instead, they arrived to find half-built tents, feral dogs and inadequate food and water. Each count faces up to 20 years in jail.
We're told the documentary crew behind Hulu's upcoming Fyre Festival docuseries, being produced by Cinemart, has been following McFarland's hearings.