Awaiting sentencing, Fyre Festival promoter arrested again

Billy McFarland Charged for Coachella & Super Bowl Scam While Awaiting Sentencing for Fyre Festival

McFarland is reportedly now facing a new set of charges connected to a post-Fyre Festival ticket scam. Both charges carry up a maximum of a 20 year sentence.

Back in March, Billy McFarland pled guilty to two counts of federal wire fraud in connection to the Fyre Festival scandal.

According to the U.S. Attorney, around March 2018 McFarland owned "NYC VIP Access", a company that purported to sell tickets to high profile events, but in reality no tickets existed.

The crooked promoter of the disastrous Fyre Festival went back to defrauding people after he was arrested a year ago - and his newest victims include angry attendees of his infamously shoddy 2017 music festival, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

He says the 26-year-old McFarland went on to sell fraudulent tickets totaling nearly $100,000 to various events. 15 people allegedly bought tickets from the company, totaling $100,000.

Speaking in a statement, FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William F. Sweeney Jr. said: "Today's charges depict our intolerance for such fraudulent activity, and we will continue to diligently investigate acts such as this".

The Fyre Festival garnered national headlines in April 2017 after being advertised as an idyllic getaway to the Bahamas, complete with gourmet food, luxury accommodations, performances by Ja Rule and Blink-182.

The festival was anything but the ultra-luxurious event promoted as "the cultural experience of the decade" and touted on social media by Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Emily Ratajkowski and other models and celebrities. 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.

Prosecutors said McFarland, 26, began running the scheme late previous year, several months after his arrest for defrauding Fyre investors out of $26 million.

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