Friday, 20 July, 2018

Government Accuses Disgraced Fyre Festival Founder Of Starting Another 'Sham' Company

Fyre Festival founder Billy Mc Farland hit with two new criminal charges Billy McFarland Charged for Coachella & Super Bowl Scam While Awaiting Sentencing for Fyre Festival
Stacy Diaz | 13 June, 2018, 20:29

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

We're told the documentary crew behind Hulu's upcoming Fyre Festival docuseries, being produced by Cinemart, has been following McFarland's hearings.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristy Greenberg called McFarland a financial threat to the community, saying he'd used the client list of the Fyre Festival to pitch a new ticket fraud that promised tickets to music, fashion and sporting events that he didn't possess and had no way of getting.

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.

McFarland was trying to sell the tickets in March, the same month he pleaded guilty to defrauding investors for the Fyre Festival, prosecutors allege.

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. Each carries a maximum sentence of 20 years behind bars. 15 people allegedly bought tickets from the company, totaling $100,000. Tickets for the event cost thousands of dollars, but when attendees arrived they found poorly built tents, a lack of food and clean water and an insufficient number of public toilets.

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.

While on pretrial release over the Fyre Media scheme, McFarland targeted attendees of the disastrous Fyre Festival to purchase tickets to exclusive events that didn't actually exist, including tickets to the 2018 Met Gala, according to the complaint. He faces up to 10 years in prison on those counts.