McFarland was charged with one count of wire fraud and one count of money laundering in the alleged scam, federal prosecutors announced Tuesday.
The organizer of the infamous Fyre Festival, a failed concert in the Bahamas in 2017 that went viral for its lack of success, has been charged with duping customers again. And he'd told his workers that he would flee if he is sentenced to over three years in prison next week, she said.
McFarland sold almost $100,000 worth of fraudulent tickets to approximately 15 customers through a company he controlled called NYC VIP Access, according to federal prosecutors. They say the 26-year-old McFarland went on to sell fraudulent tickets totalling nearly $100,000 to various events.
"William McFarland, already awaiting sentencing for a prior fraud scheme, allegedly continued to conduct criminal business as usual", United States Attorney Geoffrey Berman said in a statement.
Prosecutors say McFarland committed crimes even after he pleaded guilty in March to defrauding investors and vendors in the Fyre Festival. He tricked at least 15 people into buying the nonexistent tickets. Far from the luxury accommodations and celebrity-chef-prepared meals promised by its producers -McFarland and rapper Ja Rule - concertgoers were met with flimsy tents, boxed lunches, near-total disorganization and long waits for flights to return to the mainland after airlines began refusing to fly would-be concertgoers to the overcrowded island of Exumas. The event was advertised on social media by Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid and other high-profile social media influencers. He's now facing up to 40 years in prison.
Hulu announced in April it was producing a documentary series about the Fyre Festival.