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Billy McFarland Is Sorry About Fyre Festival

Fyre Festival scam artist Billy McFarland, who recently began a six-year prison sentence, is really sorry about that whole thing! The 26-year-old promoter of last year's Bahamas sandwiches boondoggle issued a public…
Anna Gaca / November 6, 2018

Fyre Festival Organizer Billy McFarland Sentenced to Six Years in Prison

Fyre Festival founder Billy McFarland was sentenced to six years in federal prison in a Manhattan court today. McFarland was sentenced for two charges of wire…
Winston Cook-Wilson / October 11, 2018

Fyre Fest Founder Billy McFarland Deserves 15 Years in Prison, Government Says

Federal prosecutors have requested a minimum sentence of 15 years and eight months for Fyre Festival organizer Billy McFarland, the New York Daily News reports. McFarland…
Tosten Burks / October 4, 2018

Ja Rule Maintains Fyre Festival Idea Was “Beyond Brilliant”

Once, Ja Rule was known as a eternal hitmaker with a rough but seductive voice who progressed from being a promising sideman on Jay-Z's "Can I…
Winston Cook-Wilson / September 24, 2018

Fyre Fest Founder Billy McFarland Pleads Guilty to New Ticket Fraud Charges

Last month, notorious Fyre Fest founder Billy McFarland was slammed with two new criminal changes for a wire fraud and money laundering scheme based around scam…
Winston Cook-Wilson / July 26, 2018

Fyre Fest Founder Billy McFarland Rearrested for Another Alleged Fake Ticket Scam

Billy McFarland, founder of infamous destination disaster Fyre Festival, has been hit with two new criminal charges of wire fraud and money laundering related to an…
Anna Gaca / June 13, 2018

Fyre Fest Founder Billy McFarland Ordered to Pay $26 Million Following Guilty Plea

Fyre Fest founder Billy McFarland has been ordered to repay the $26 million he admitted to stealing from investors, according to a judgment issued against…
Dave Brooks, Billboard / March 11, 2018

Fyre Fest’s Billy McFarland Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud

Fyre Festival organizer Billy McFarland pleaded guilty to wire fraud in federal court on Tuesday, CNBC reports. McFarland faced two counts of wire fraud stemming from…
Anna Gaca / March 6, 2018

Report: Fyre Fest’s Billy McFarland Spent $150,000 on a Yacht for Blink-182

One of the first signs that last year's Fyre Festival was in trouble came the Thursday night before the disastrous Bahamas getaway was set to begin, when headliners…
Anna Gaca / March 6, 2018

Fyre Festival’s Billy McFarland Pleads Not Guilty to Wire Fraud

Fyre Festival founder and organizer Billy McFarland pleaded not guilty to charges of wire fraud and making false statements to a bank during an appearance in Manhattan…
Anna Gaca / October 3, 2017

Source Says Fyre Festival Founder Tried to Sell Him Other Terrible Business, Magnises, on Auction Site

Before Billy McFarland became eternally infamous as the founder and promoter of Fyre Festival, the 25-year-old entrepreneur operated a company called Magnises. In…
Anna Gaca / September 29, 2017

Report: Billy McFarland Used Fyre Investments to Fund Other Bad Business

Before he started promoting Fyre Festival, and before that misadventure resulted in a wire fraud charge and a forced bankruptcy, Billy McFarland founded another dubious startup targeting millennial music fans. Magnises, a…
Anna Gaca / September 8, 2017

Judge Forces Fyre Festival in Bankruptcy

A federal judge is forcing the company that owned the disastrous Fyre Festival into bankruptcy. On Tuesday (Aug. 29), U.S. Bankruptcy judge Martin Glenn…
Dave Brooks, Billboard / September 3, 2017

Fyre Festival Cofounder Billy McFarland Arrested on Wire Fraud Charge

Billy McFarland, the 25-year-old who cofounded the disastrous Fyre Festival with Ja Rule, has been arrested and charged with one count of wire fraud. The…
Taylor Berman / July 1, 2017

Leaked Email From Fyre Festival Exec: “We Could Get Away With 75 Toilets”

Lower-level staff warned Fyre Festival executives about about conditions on the island—including insufficient housing and restrooms—days and weeks ahead of the doomed festival, according to internal emails leaked to Mic. The…
Anna Gaca / June 5, 2017
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