Fyre Festival Founder Billy McFarland Sentenced To 6 Years In Prison

Lawrence Kim
October 12, 2018

According to VICE News, 26-year-old Fyre Festival founder Billy McFarland has been found guilty of multiple counts of fraud and sentenced to six years in prison. "Let's just do it and be legends, man", a marketing executive for the festival reportedly said as the event's imminent catastrophe became increasingly evident.

Other victims were given the opportunity to speak during the sentencing hearing, including Joe Nemeth, an investor in McFarland's schemes, which included Fyre Festival, a luxury benefits club Magnises, and a ticket scheme NYC VIP Access, a scheme that he'd developed while out on bail from his first arrest.

The festival from hell has resulted in its organizer going to jail.

Fyre Festival took place in April a year ago, billed as "the culture experience of the decade". "I lived every day with the weight of knowing that I literally destroyed the lives of my friends and family". She added that a diagnosis of bipolar does not excuse his behaviour.

Though McFarland's legal team tried to piece together a mental health defense, prosecutors called him "the consummate con artist" during sentencing. In July, he pled guilty to two additional counts of fraud, related to a different fake ticketing company he owned to sell bogus tickets to big events like the Grammys and Super Bowl.

Seems like McFarland hasn't seen the last of the court room, yet.

Effect of Sound Fyre Festival founder Billy McFarland is facing a multimillion-dollar class action lawsuit from ticket-holders. In addition, ticket holders have filed a multimillion-dollar class-action lawsuit against him.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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