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Organizer of infamous failed Fyre Festival charged with duping customers again

Organizer of infamous failed Fyre Festival charged with duping customers again

McFarland was rearrested Tuesday and charged with earning $100,000 by selling fake tickets to events including the Coachella Festival and the Met Gala through NYC VIP Access, a company he controlled, and attempted to hide his involvement by sending sale proceeds to other people's bank accounts, according to multiple news reports.

The organizer of the infamous Fyre Festival, a failed concert in the Bahamas in 2017 that went viral for its lack of success, has been charged with duping customers again.

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. Each carries a maximum sentence of 20 years behind bars.

However, McFarland was charged with an additional count of wire fraud and money laundering late Tuesday afternoon by the Southern District of NY.

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

Billy McFarland the promoter of the failed Fyre Festival in the Bahamas leaves federal court after pleading guilty to wire fraud charges Tuesday
Organizer of infamous failed Fyre Festival charged with duping customers again

McFarland now faces one charge of wire fraud and one count of money laundering on top of the charges he faced from the original Fyre Festival.

McFarland used a spreadsheet identifying the Fyre Festival attendees with the highest salaries, the feds said.

McFarland is accused of running a sham business called NYC VIP Access from late 2017 up until March 2018. Instead, they arrived to find half-built tents, feral dogs and inadequate food and water.

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

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

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