Organizer of infamous failed Fyre Festival charged with duping customers again

Brunilde Fioravanti
Giugno 13, 2018

McFarland used a spreadsheet identifying the Fyre Festival attendees with the highest salaries, the feds said.

The promoter of a failed music festival in the Bahamas has been arrested on new fraud charges as he awaits sentencing in the earlier fraud case.

NYC VIP Access was purporting to sell tickets to major events such as the Grammys, the Met Gala, Coachella, and the Super Bowl.

Prosecutors say McFarland "provided prospective customers with contracts that falsely represented that NYC VIP Access had tickets to exclusive events in fashion, music, and sports".

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

McFarland allegedly targeted Fyre Festival customers and then laundered the fraud proceeds to "others' financial accounts in an effort to hide his ownership and control of the funds".

For the ticket scam, McFarland now faces a new count of wire fraud and one count of money laundering.

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. They say the 26-year-old McFarland went on to sell fraudulent tickets totalling nearly $100,000 to various events. Each carries a maximum sentence of 20 years behind bars.

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. The plea pertained to the bungled spring 2017 Fyre Festival on the Bahamian island of Exuma that cost over 80 investors a total of $26 million.

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