Fyre Festival founder Billy McFarland was charged with a whole slew of new crimes he allegedly carried out while awaiting sentencing for his Fyre Festival-related charges.
MacFarland was charged Tuesday in New York with one count of wire fraud and one count of money laundering. Each charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
Sources tell us only McFarland’s family and girlfriend were present and Billy’s parents broke down in tears as their son was charged.
We’re told the documentary crew behind Hulu’s upcoming Fyre Festival docuseries, being produced by Cinemart, has been following McFarland’s hearings.
If you’re wondering what the heck is going on, since McFarland’s already scheduled to be sentenced after pleading guilty in the Fyre Festival case, it appears after his initial arrest he was still trying to run scams.
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.
Some of the events McFarland scammed honest customers out of include:
- 2018 Met Gala
- Burning Man 2018
- Coachella 2018
- 2018 Grammy Awards
- Super Bowl LII
- Cleveland Cavaliers and team dinner with LeBron James
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.”
The 26-year-old is scheduled to be sentenced later this month for the Fyre Festival case, and as we reported is begging to not do prison time.