Fyre Festival founder Billy McFarland sentenced to six years in prison

Fyre Festival Founder Billy Mc Farland sentenced to six years in prison                  By Henry Bruce-Jones Oct 12 2018

The Fyre Festival founder could have served up to 20 years for convictions on three counts of wire fraud, one count of bank fraud, and one count of lying to investigators.

Billy McFarland, the organiser of the spectacular trainwreck that was Fyre Festival, was sentenced Thursday to six years in prison for fraud.

McFarland and rapper JaRule conceived Fyre Festival as a spring 2017 destination music festival featuring Blink 182, Disclosure and more.

"McFarland allegedly presented fake documents to induce investors to put over a million dollars into his company and the fiasco called the Fyre Festival", Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York Joon H. Kim said in a statement a year ago when he announced the charges against McFarland. Tickets to the festival were sold for $450 to over $12,000. Prosecutors had argued for a longer sentence, calling McFarland "the consummate con artist" in a sentencing memorandum, and described him as remorseless, although defense attorneys said he had "unequivocally acknowledged" committing fraud. "I've 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.

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"McFarland is unique in this court's memory for starting the NYC VIP Access while awaiting trial, then thinking he could 'talk his way out, '" Judge Buchwald said.

McFarland continues to face a multimillion-dollar class action lawsuit from ticket-holders.

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

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