Fyre Festival promoter arrested again while awaiting sentencing in previous fraud trial

This photo provided by Jake Strang shows tents and a portable toilet set up for attendees for the Fy
Tents and a portable toilet set up for attendees for the Fyre Festival on April 28, 2017 in the Exuma islands, Bahamas. Organizers of the music festival canceled the weekend event at the last minute after many had arrived and spent thousands of dollars on tickets and travel.
(Jake Strang via AP Photo)

The promoter of a failed music festival in the Bahamas has been arrested on new fraud charges as he awaits sentencing in the earlier fraud case.

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.

His lawyer says his client was victimized by a corrupt worker. Investors in the 2017 Fyre Festival lost over $26 million in what was billed as “the cultural experience of the decade.”

Prosecutors say McFarland committed crimes even after he pleaded guilty in March to defrauding investors and vendors in the Fyre Festival. They say the 26-year-old McFarland went on to sell fraudulent tickets totaling almost $100,000 to various events.


McFarland will be sentenced on June 21 in the festival fraud.

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