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Organizer Fyre Fest again accused of fraud – he was selling non-existent VIP tickets for “Grammy” and Superbowl

The entrepreneur already faces up to 10 years in prison for “the worst festival in history.”

Billy McFarland. Holiday pictures AP

On June 12, the New York federal prosecutor’s office filed new charges against the organizer of the Fyre Fest festival, Billy McFarland, who in March pleaded guilty to fraud while preparing the “worst festival in history.” According to the investigation, the businessman sold invalid VIP tickets for major events and concerts.

Prosecutors say that since the end of 2017 McFarland had a company that promised users tickets for the Grammy award, the annual Met Gala ball, the Coachella and Burning Man festivals, and the Superbowl. But when they came to the events – it turned out that their passes were invalid.

The organizer Fyre Fest did this a few months after being bailed out – he was arrestedin July 2017 in the Fyre Fest case. According to prosecutors, he deceived 15 people who spent about $ 100,000 on tickets. McFarland was also charged with money laundering.

In 2017, McFarland and rapper Ja Rule promised to host an exclusive music festival in the Bahamas, Fyre Fest, which was supposed to have famous musicians, Instagram models and food from the best chefs in the world. But the event failed: instead of VIP-numbers, the guests found themselves in a tent camp with mattresses instead of beds, sandwiches instead of restaurant dishes and without toilet and shower cabins. In March 2018, McFarland admitted that he had deceived 80 investors for $ 26 million and the company that sold tickets.

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