Fyre Festival promoter arrested for fraud again

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Fyre Festival promoter arrested for fraud again

If you're wondering what the heck is going on, since McFarland's already scheduled to be sentenced after pleading guilty in the Fyre Festival case, it appears after his initial arrest he was still trying to run scams.

Fyre Festival founder Billy McFarland, who pleaded guilty to two counts wire fraud in March, was charged Tuesday with running a fraudulent ticket-selling scam while he was out on bail and faces new charges, federal prosecutors told the New York Times on Tuesday. The event was advertised on social media by Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid and other high-profile social media influencers.

"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". An attorney for McFarland did not immediately respond to Variety's request for comment.

Attendees at Fyre Festival in the Bahamas were promised a luxurious, private party, but instead found themselves eating bread and cheese sandwiches under a tent. He has been accused of selling fraudulent tickets to exclusive fashion, music and sporting events under the auspices of a business called NYC VIP Access.

A magistrate judge ordered him detained Tuesday after prosecutors said they have evidence that McFarland may have also committed bank fraud and identity theft while out on bail.

The "tickets", which were supposedly intended for events including this year's Grammys, the Super Bowl, Coachella, the Met Gala and Burning Man, were sold to 15 people and amounted to almost $100,000. Both charges carry up a maximum of a 20 year sentence.

"Mr. McFarland is a serial fraudster, plain and simple", Greenberg told Gorenstein.

Jackson said his client has been cooperative with the government and was ready to answer any questions.

McFarland reportedly made $100,000 United States dollars by selling these fake tickets, and according to a judge in Manhattan, McFarland would likely face an additional two years or so in prison if he is convicted in the new case.

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