Back in April, we passed the one-year anniversary of the absolute disaster that was Fyre Festival. While the organiser of the ill-fated is still facing federal charges of wire fraud, he has now been hit with new charges of fraud which accuse him of running a business that sold non-existent tickets to a number of events.
As we noted last year, Billy MacFarland, who founded Fyre festival and was in charge of proceedings alongside Ja Rule, was arrested, charged with one count of wire fraud, and pleaded guilty in March of this year.
A statement made by the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York at the time stated that “McFarland allegedly presented fake documents to induce investors to put over a million dollars into his company and the fiasco called the Fyre Festival. Thanks to the investigative efforts of the FBI, McFarland will now have to answer for his crimes.”
“William McFarland, already awaiting sentencing for a prior fraud scheme, allegedly continued to conduct criminal business as usual, selling nonexistent tickets to fashion, music, and sporting events,” explained Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman.
“As alleged, McFarland’s purported exclusive event ticket company, NYC VIP Access, in fact had no access to events for which he sold bogus tickets. Now McFarland faces criminal charges on top of those to which he already pled guilty.”