Organizer of infamous failed Fyre Festival charged with duping customers again

Billy McFarland

"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 F. Sweeney Jr.

He says the 26-year-old McFarland went on to sell fraudulent tickets totaling nearly $100,000 to various events.

According to The Associated Press, Billy McFarland was arrested earlier today on more fraud charges.

Fyre Festival founder Billy McFarland was charged with a whole slew of new crimes he allegedly carried out while awaiting sentencing for his Fyre Festival-related charges.

His lawyer, Randall Jackson, argued Tuesday that McFarland had proven he was no risk to flee by surrendering when he learned Federal Bureau of Investigation agents were looking for him.

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

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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. The company purported to sell "bogus" tickets to high-profile events like the 2018 Met Gala, Coachella 2018, the 2018 Grammy Awards, and Burning Man 2018.

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.

"The weight of the evidence here is quite strong", Greenberg said.

It's been reported that customers either didn't receive the tickets they had paid for or didn't receive the tickets that were advertised.

McFarland was trying to sell the tickets in March, the same month he pleaded guilty to defrauding investors for the Fyre Festival, prosecutors allege. Each charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

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