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Fyre Festival promoter arrested for fraud again

14 June 2018
Fyre Festival promoter arrested for fraud again

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

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.

Fyre Festival was one of the biggest flops in the history of music festivals. The 26-year-old has been accused of selling fraudulent tickets to sporting, fashion, and music events through his company NYC VIP Access.

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.

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 allegedly went on to sell fraudulent tickets to many grand events, totaling nearly $100,000". Each carries a maximum sentence of 20 years behind bars.

The document continues on to explain that McFarland, "will face criminal charges on top of those to which he already pled guilty". Far from the luxury accommodations and celebrity-chef-prepared meals promised by its producers -McFarland and rapper Ja Rule - concertgoers were met with flimsy tents, boxed lunches, near-total disorganization and long waits for flights to return to the mainland after airlines began refusing to fly would-be concertgoers to the overcrowded island of Exumas.

"In March of 2018, William McFarland pled guilty to defrauding investors and vendors of the Fyre Festival, but it is apparent that he did not stop there", FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William F. Sweeney Jr.

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