Organizer of infamous failed Fyre Festival charged with duping customers again

Man behind Fyre Festival disaster busted for scamming attendees — again

Man behind Fyre Festival disaster busted for scamming attendees — again

Prosecutors say McFarland "provided prospective customers with contracts that falsely represented that NYC VIP Access had tickets to exclusive events in fashion, music, and sports".

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

Sweeney Jr., head of New York's Federal Bureau of Investigation office, says new charges show that McFarland didn't stop committing crimes after pleading guilty in March to defrauding investors and vendors in the Fyre Festival. They say the 26-year-old McFarland went on to sell fraudulent tickets totalling nearly $100,000 to various events.

Billy McFarland, 26, will remain behind bars until a judge, who is scheduled to sentence him next week in the festival case, decides whether he can be freed on bail.

MacFarland was charged Tuesday in NY with one count of wire fraud and one count of money laundering.

McFarland has been charged with one count of wire fraud and one count of money laundering.

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. Both charges carry up a maximum of a 20 year sentence.

According to a new report, McFarland was arrested earlier today on more fraud charges.

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. Investors in the 2017 Fyre Festival lost over $26 million in what was billed as "the cultural experience of the decade". He faces up to 10 years in prison on those counts.

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