Fyre Festival Organizer Sentenced To 6 Years In Prison For Fraud
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New York, NY – The now-infamous Fyre Festival crashed and burned in the year 2017 after a myriad of problems that plagued the event. Now, festival organizer Billy McFarland has been sentenced to six years in prison for the failed execution and empty promises of greatness. He was originally facing between 15 and 20 years.
According to BuzzFeed News, the federal District Judge Naomi Buchwald handed down the sentence on Thursday (October 11). McFarland pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud for defrauding investors and a provider ticket back in March.
The April 2017 event was advertised as a luxurious music festival in the Bahamas, and co-signed by celebrities such as Ja Rule, who has also invested in the festival. After the wizards made it to the location, they found the shit sandwich and tour tents.
The dinner that @fyrefestival promised us that was catered by Steven Starr is, literally, the bread, the cheese and the salad with the dressing. #fyrefestival pic.twitter.com/I8d0UlSNbd
— Trevor DeHaas (@trev4president) April 28, 2017
At least 80 investors lost more than $24 million dollars after McFarland talked about them in the funding of the debacle. Accordingly, a $ 100 million lawsuit was filed.
In July, the 26-year-old was charged with two counts of wire fraud and bank fraud after selling fake VIP tickets to events like the Met Gala, Grammys, Coachella and the Super Bowl, while on bail. At least 30 customers lost approximately $150,000.
A view of luxury in the food court with some luxury, bus transportation school in Fyre Festival. #fyre #fyrefestival pic.twitter.com/XL3PtRw8q0
— William Needham Finley IV (@WNFIV) April 28, 2017
As reported by the VICE-president, McFarland told the court how he felt.
"The remorse that I feel is crushing," McFarland said. "I have lived every day with the weight of knowing that I literally destroyed the lives of my friends and my family."