Fyre Festival Organizer Billy McFarland Arrested and Charged with Wire Fraud
July 1, 2017 - storage organizer
Billy McFarland, a organizer of a disastrous Fyre Festival, was arrested and charged with one count of handle fraud in Manhattan on Friday.
McFarland, 25, was charged in tie with a intrigue to deceive investors, that enclosed misrepresenting financial information about his company, Fyre Media.
The ultra-luxurious song eventuality in a Bahamas collapsed in April, withdrawal hundreds of festival goers stranded though correct accommodations, electricity and “barely any food.”
Joon H. Kim, a Acting U.S. Attorney for Manhattan, pronounced in a statement, “McFarland betrothed a ‘life changing’ song festival though in actuality delivered a disaster. McFarland allegedly presented feign papers to satisfy investors to put over a million dollars into his association and a failure called a Fyre Festival. Thanks to a inquisitive efforts of a FBI, McFarland will now have to answer for his crimes.”
The Fyre Festival was billed as a subsequent Coachella — set over “two transformative weekends” on a private Bahaman island of Fyre Cay. Created by Ja Rule and McFarland, tickets for a eventuality ranged from $4,000 to upwards of $250,000 (for a VIP package separate between 12 people).
Kendall Jenner and a array of flashy Instagram videos helped announce a event, with images of transparent blue waters, yachts, private planes, and models Bella Hadid and Emily Ratajkowski traipsing around in bikinis.
Performances from Blink 182, Rae Sremmurd, Skepta to G.O.O.D. Music acts Desiigner, Tyga, and Pusha T were expected.
While festival-goers were expecting lush villas and fantastic low-pitched performances, a existence was most different. Those who arrived on a island were met with complete disorganization and sub-standard vital conditions that were distant from ready.
Luggage was handed to passengers from a behind of storage trucks in a dark. Tents — that enclosed unclothed mattresses — were not set up, many floating over in a wind. Latrines were unavailable. Reports of burglary ran rampant.
McFarland told Rolling Stone after a disharmony that a island “didn’t have a unequivocally good infrastructure — there wasn’t a good approach to get guest in here — we were a small bit ambitious.”
“There wasn’t H2O or sewage,” he continued. “It was roughly like we attempted building a city out of zero and it took roughly all of a personal resources to make this happen, and all we had, to make this festival go on. We suspicion we were prepared and built dual opposite festival sites.”
Later, in a matter on a festival’s website, a organizer’s admitted, “We were simply in over a heads.”
McFarland could face adult to 20 years in prison.