CRIME
10/11/2018 05:18 pm ET

Fyre Festival Founder Billy McFarland Sentenced To 6 Years In Prison

A judge dubbed the 26-year-old a "serial fraudster" for scams that cost investors and ticket-holders millions.

Billy McFarland, the organizer behind last year’s disastrous Fyre Festival in the Bahamas, has been sentenced to six years in prison for fraud charges.

The 26-year-old was sentenced in a Manhattan federal courtroom on Thursday after pleading guilty in March to two counts of wire fraud related to the failed festival, The Associated Press reported.

While out on bail in June, he was arrested a second time for carrying out a new sham ticket scheme, NYC VIP Access, which sold bogus tickets to exclusive events, earning him $100,000, prosecutors said.

He pleaded guilty in July to two more counts of fraud after that arrest.

Billy McFarland, the organizer behind last year’s disastrous Fyre Festival in the Bahamas, was sentenced on Thursday to
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Billy McFarland, the organizer behind last year’s disastrous Fyre Festival in the Bahamas, was sentenced on Thursday to six years in prison. He's seen at an earlier court appearance.

Federal Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald waved off McFarland’s apologies and pleas for leniency while delivering her sentences on the counts, which will run concurrently.

“It is my conclusion based on all the submissions that the defendant is a serial fraudster and that to date his fraud, like a circle, has no ending,” Buchwald told him, according to Vice News.

McFarland had been facing 15 years behind bars for the series of scams that prosecutors said raked in millions of dollars from unsuspecting customers and investors.

Fyre Festival founder Billy McFarland is facing a multimillion-dollar class action lawsuit from ticket-holders.
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Fyre Festival founder Billy McFarland is facing a multimillion-dollar class action lawsuit from ticket-holders.

In the case of the Bahamas music festival, which was billed as having top music talent and luxury accommodations, people shelled out as much as $250,000 for tickets. When they arrived, they found a barren island with half-built tents and without even the most basic accommodations.

McFarland continues to face a multimillion-dollar class action lawsuit from ticket-holders.

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