By The Associated Press
Sat., Aug. 1, 2020 timer 2 min. read
NEW YORK– More than 3 years after the highly advertised Fyre Festival famously died in the Bahamas, product and other “minor possessions” are up for sale– courtesy of the U.S. Marshals Service.
In a release Thursday, the U.S. Marshals announced that 126 products from the celebration will be auctioned off, with earnings approaching the victims of Billy McFarland.
McFarland acknowledged defrauding investors of US$26 million in the 2017 Fyre Festival and over US$100,000 in a fraudulent ticket-selling scheme after his arrest in the fraud. He was sentenced to 6 years in prison in October2018 Now 28, he’s serving his sentence at a low-security jail in Ohio, according to the Bureau of Prisons.
” This Fyre Festival-branded clothing and other products that were seized from Billy McFarland were originally planned to be cost the Fyre Celebration itself but were kept by McFarland, with the intent to offer the items and use the funds to commit additional criminal acts while he was on pretrial release,” U.S. Marshal Ralph Sozio of the Southern District of New york city stated in the release.
The festival, billed as an ultraluxurious occasion and “the cultural experience of the years,” was supposed to happen over 2 spring 2017 weekends on the Bahamian island of Exuma. Models and stars like Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid and Emily Ratajkowski had promoted it on social networks.
Customers who paid US$ 1,200 to over US$100,000 wanting to see Blink-182 and the hip-hop act Migos got here to learn musical acts were cancelled. Their high-end lodgings and gourmet food included leaking white tents and packaged food, prompting participants to lash out on social networks with the hashtag #fyrefraud.
Amongst the keepsakes of that celebration are sweatpants, shirts and tokens emblazoned with “a conspiracy to alter the home entertainment world.” Since Saturday, the lots varied from US$10– the minimum bid for sets of two wristbands– to US$300 for a baseball cap bearing the celebration logo that had actually gotten 20 quotes given that the auction opened Thursday. At 36 bids, the most popular lot was an aqua blue hoodie featuring 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.