However, it appears Fyre Festival wasn't the only criminal enterprise McFarland was operating. The festival's founder, Billy McFarland, didn't get away with whatever scam he tried to pulll scot-free. He's since been ordered to cough up $26M and he's now awaiting his sentencing.
The crooked promoter of the disastrous Fyre Festival went back to defrauding people after he was arrested previous year - and his newest victims include angry attendees of his infamously shoddy 2017 music festival, prosecutors said on Tuesday.
Billy McFarland was ordered detained Tuesday after his arrest on charges he operated a sham ticket scheme, selling fraudulent tickets to music and sporting events.
Prosecutors say McFarland committed crimes even after he pleaded guilty in March to defrauding investors and vendors in the Fyre Festival. Sweeney says McFarland sold upwards to almost $100K worth of fraudulent tickets for a variety of events. 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. "Today's charges depict our intolerance for such fraudulent activity, and we will continue to diligently investigate acts such as this".
MacFarland was charged Tuesday in NY with one count of wire fraud and one count of money laundering. Each carries a maximum sentence of 20 years behind bars.
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