Dumpster Fyre: Founder Of Disastrous Fyre Festival Strikes Again

  • Dumpster Fyre: Founder Of Disastrous Fyre Festival Strikes Again

Dumpster Fyre: Founder Of Disastrous Fyre Festival Strikes Again

Billy McFarland was ordered detained Tuesday after his arrest on charges he operated a sham ticket scheme, selling fraudulent tickets to music and sporting events.

The heavily hyped Fyre Festival was to be a "luxury concert" - taking place on a small island in the Bahamas and featuring Blink-182, Migos and Disclosure - but collapsed on in a mess of disorganization on April 29 before it had even started.

McFarland sold almost $100,000 worth of fraudulent tickets to approximately 15 customers through a company he controlled called NYC VIP Access, according to federal prosecutors. Each carries a maximum sentence of 20 years behind bars.

McFarland pleaded guilty to wire fraud charges in March in a deal that called for him to serve between eight and 10 years in prison, although he has requested leniency with no incarceration.

She said prosecutors were considering additional charges including bank fraud and an identity theft charge that would carry a mandatory two-year prison sentence upon conviction.

McFarland sent proceeds from the fraudulent sales to other people's accounts in an attempt to hide his connection to the funds, prosecutors said. Then, McFarland's company would allegedly offer those people tickets (at premium prices) to things including the 2018 Met Gala, the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, and a private dinner with LeBron James. As his Fyre Festival co-hort Ja Rule would sing, McFarland best prepare for some good "Thug Lovin'". The event was advertised on social media by Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid and other high-profile social media influencers. Instead, they arrived to find half-built tents, feral dogs and inadequate food and water. He's also had to come up with $26 million to repay those festival investors he defrauded. He's now facing up to 40 years in prison.