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. "McFarland allegedly went on to sell fraudulent tickets to many grand events, totaling nearly $100,000".
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.
In a complaint and affidavit released late Tuesday by U.S. Attorney's Office of the Southern District of NY, the government accuses McFarland of starting a company called NYC VIP Access, which purported to sell tickets to high-end events including the Met Gala and the Grammy Awards.More news: The lesson of today's government climbdown: we're likely heading for soft Brexit
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Because of the new complaint, the government has asked the judge in McFarland's other criminal case - the one he pled guilty to in March - to suspend the sentencing scheduled for next week until it can amend its pre-sentencing report.
For the ticket scam, McFarland now faces a new count of wire fraud and one count of money laundering. Both carry sentences of up to 20 years in prison. 15 people allegedly bought tickets from the company, totaling $100,000. He's also had to come up with $26 million to repay those festival investors he defrauded.
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Speaking 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".