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McFarland acknowledged defrauding financiers of $26 million in the 2017 Fyre Celebration and over $100,000 in a fraudulent ticket-selling plan after his arrest in the fraud. He was sentenced to 6 years in jail in October2018 Now 28, he’s serving his sentence at a low-security prison in Ohio, according to the Bureau of Prisons.
” This Fyre Festival-branded clothes and other items that were taken from Billy McFarland were initially planned to be cost the Fyre Celebration itself but were kept by McFarland, with the intent to sell the products and utilize the funds to commit more criminal acts while he was on pre-trial release,” U.S. Marshal Ralph Sozio of the Southern District of New york city stated in the release.
The festival, billed as an ultra-luxurious event and “the cultural experience of the years,” was expected to take place over 2 spring 2017 weekends on the Bahamian island of Exuma. Designs and stars like Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid and Emily Ratajkowski had actually promoted it on social networks.
Customers who paid $1,200 to over $100,000 wanting to see Blink-182 and the hip-hop act Migos showed up to find out musical acts were canceled. Their high-end accommodations and gourmet food included leaking white camping tents and packaged food, triggering participants to lash out on social networks with the hashtag #fyrefraud.
Among the mementos of that celebration are sweatpants, shirts and tokens emblazoned with “a conspiracy to alter the home entertainment world.” Since Saturday, the lots varied from $10– the minimum quote for sets of 2 wristbands– to $300 for a baseball cap bearing the festival logo that had actually received 20 quotes considering that the auction opened Thursday. At 36 quotes, the most popular lot was an aqua blue hoodie including the flag of the Bahamas on the back and sleeves patterned with the logo.
The auction, run by Texas-based Gaston & Sheehan, ends Aug. 13.
— The Associated Press
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