Fyre Festival was dubbed as a luxury retreat, a glamorous event with the tagline of “an immersive music festival, two transformative weekends, on the boundaries of the impossible”.
What materialised was the complete opposite, as it became quickly clear that there was never going to be an event, despite that ticket holders still flocked to the island with many becoming stranded.
Back in March, the festival’s organiser, Billy McFarland, admitted two counts of wire fraud which each held a potential of up to 20 years in jail.
According to Time, McFarland had secured a deal that would mean he served between eight and 10 years behind bars. Although he has requested leniency with no incarceration.
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Now the organiser has faced a fresh arrest and is facing a new set of charges relating to a post-Fyre Festival ticketing scam.
He is allegedly behind a company called NYC VIP Access, which sold tickets to a number of blockbuster events such as the Grammys, the Super Bowl, The Met Gala and Burning Man Festival.
Reports suggest that customers who went through the company either didn’t receive their tickets or didn’t receive the tickets that were advertised.
Pitchfork reported that McFarland solicited Fyre Festival attendees to purchase tickets from the site when the tickets did not exist. 15 people allegedly bought tickets from the company, totaling $100,000.
He is also accused of posing as other employees in an attempt to hide his involvement in the scam.
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.”