Fyre Festival Founder Billy McFarland Arrested for New Ticket-Selling Scam

Fyre Festival Founder Billy McFarland Arrested for New Ticket-Selling Scam

According to the U.S. Attorney, around March 2018 McFarland owned "NYC VIP Access", a company that purported to sell tickets to high profile events, but in reality no tickets existed.

NEW YORK-The promoter of a failed music festival in the Bahamas who is awaiting sentencing on fraud charges was arrested on new fraud charges Tuesday, leading a judge to order his detention.

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.

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.

McFarland will be sentenced on June 21 in the festival fraud. 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. They say the 26-year-old McFarland went on to sell fraudulent tickets totalling nearly $100,000 to various events. He's also accused of attempting to hide his involvement with NYC VIP Access by posing as the company's other employees. Each carries a maximum sentence of 20 years behind bars. He tricked at least 15 people into buying the nonexistent tickets.

"Today's charges depict our intolerance for such fraudulent activity, and we will continue to diligently investigate acts such as this", FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William F. Sweeney Jr. said in a statement.

The Fyre Festival garnered national headlines in April 2017 after being advertised as an idyllic getaway to the Bahamas, complete with gourmet food, luxury accommodations, performances by Ja Rule and Blink-182.

Hulu announced in April it was producing a documentary series about the Fyre Festival.

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