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

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According to the Associated Press, Billy McFarland was arrested Tuesday on a new set of charges related to a recent ticketing scam.

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. The 26-year-old has been accused of selling fraudulent tickets to sporting, fashion, and music events through his company NYC VIP Access. Both carry sentences of up to 20 years in prison.

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What's more, McFarland allegedly committed these scams after he had already been charged over Fyre Festival and was awaiting trial.

The "tickets", which were supposedly intended for events including this year's Grammys, the Super Bowl, Coachella, the Met Gala and Burning Man, were sold to 15 people and amounted to almost $100,000. He's also accused of attempting to hide his involvement with NYC VIP Access by posing as the company's other employees.

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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. 15 people allegedly bought tickets from the company, totaling $100,000.

With his own name tarnished after Fyre Festival's implosion in April 2017, McFarland is alleged to have hired as a person referred to as "Employee-1" as the public face of NYC VIP Access, and operated the business by using email and bank accounts established by that person. He faces up to 10 years in prison on those counts. As his Fyre Festival co-hort Ja Rule would sing, McFarland best prepare for some good "Thug Lovin'".

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We're told the documentary crew behind Hulu's upcoming Fyre Festival docuseries, being produced by Cinemart, has been following McFarland's hearings.

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