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


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Billy McFarland, the promoter of the failed Fyre Festival in the Bahamas, leaves federal court after pleading guilty to wire fraud charges, Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in NY.

Prosecutors said over 15 victims had been bilked since late past year of more than $100,000 as McFarland and his workers sold non-existent tickets to the 2018 Met Gala, Burning Man 2018, Coachella 2018, the 2018 Grammy Awards, Super Bowl LII and a Cleveland Cavaliers game that would include a team dinner with Lebron James.

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.

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.

Billy McFarland, center, accompanied by his attorney Randall Jackson, left, leaves federal court after pleading guilty to wire fraud charges, Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in NY.

Fyre Festival was one of the biggest flops in the history of music festivals. Earlier this year, he pleaded guilty to wire fraud as well as lying to investors.

McFarland allegedly solicited Fyre Fest attendees to purchase "tickets" from the company. He tricked at least 15 people into buying the nonexistent tickets. Investors in the 2017 Fyre Festival lost over $26 million in what was billed as "the cultural experience of the decade". Instead, they arrived to find half-built tents, feral dogs and inadequate food and water.

If you're wondering what the heck is going on, since McFarland's already scheduled to be sentenced after pleading guilty in the Fyre Festival case, it appears after his initial arrest he was still trying to run scams.

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