Organizer of infamous failed Fyre Festival charged with duping customers again

Fyre Fest Boss Charged Over New Scam While Awaiting Sentence For Old Scam

Billy McFarland Charged for Coachella & Super Bowl Scam While Awaiting Sentencing for Fyre Festival

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.

In the government's statement, McFarland is accused of bilking ticket buyers out of around $100,000, including $36,000 in fraudulent tickets to this year's Met Gala and $1,300 to Burning Man.

Billy McFarland, center, accompanied by his attorney Randall Jackson, left, leaves federal court after pleading guilty to wire fraud charges, Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in NY.

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.

He was charged with one count of wire fraud and one count of money laundering and faces a maximum of 40 years in prison if convicted.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristy Greenberg called McFarland a financial threat to the community, saying he'd used the client list of the Fyre Festival to pitch a new ticket fraud that promised tickets to music, fashion and sporting events that he didn't possess and had no way of getting.

Fyre Festival founder Billy McFarland has been arrested on fresh fraud charges following a post-Fyre Festival ticket scam, reports Pitchfork. He tricked at least 15 people into buying the nonexistent tickets. The festival was anything but the ultra-luxurious event promoted as "the cultural experience of the decade" and touted on social media by Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Emily Ratajkowski and other models and celebrities.

He pleaded guilty in March to two counts of wire fraud stemming from the April 2017 Fyre Festival debacle, in which attendees paid upwards of $250,000 for tickets to attend what McFarland's company billed as an ultra-luxurious music festival that turned out to be an ultra-chaotic mess. Instead, they arrived to find half-built tents, feral dogs and inadequate food and water.

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