Man behind Fyre Festival disaster busted for scamming attendees - again

Billy Mc Farland  sold nearly $100,000 worth of fraudulent tickets in the several months since he's been free

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.

He says the 26-year-old McFarland went on to sell fraudulent tickets totaling nearly $100,000 to various events. He is allegedly behind a business called NYC VIP Access which sold tickets to huge events like the Grammys, the Super Bowl, Coachella, the Met Gala, Burning Man, and more. Investors in the 2017 Fyre Festival lost over $26 million in what was billed as "the cultural experience of the decade".

McFarland faces new charges of money laundering and wire fraud. This time, McFarland is charged with selling fake tickets to mega-festivals and events.

"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.

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His lawyer, Randall Jackson, argued Tuesday that McFarland had proven he was no risk to flee by surrendering when he learned Federal Bureau of Investigation agents were looking for him.

According to the filing, McFarland tried to cover up his involvement in NYC VIP Access by using a then-employee's email account instead of his own, according to the filing. Altogether, about 15 customers were defrauded of a total of $100,000; these people either never received their tickets at all or never received the ones that were originally advertised to them.

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.

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.

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