McFarland, 26, sold fake tickets to exclusive events, including the Met Gala and Coachella, for several months while he was awaiting sentencing for charges related to the Fyre Festival, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY.
Prosecutors said McFarland, 26, began running the scheme late previous year, several months after his arrest for defrauding Fyre investors out of $26 million.
Because of the new complaint, the government has asked the judge in McFarland's other criminal case - the one he pled guilty to in March - to suspend the sentencing scheduled for next week until it can amend its pre-sentencing report. He has been accused of selling fraudulent tickets to exclusive fashion, music and sporting events under the auspices of a business called NYC VIP Access.
Authorities say McFarland was conducting the scheme even after he pleaded guilty to wire fraud and misleading Fyre Media's investors.
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For the ticket scam, McFarland now faces a new count of wire fraud and one count of money laundering.
McFarland allegedly targeted Fyre Festival customers and then laundered the fraud proceeds to "others' financial accounts in an effort to hide his ownership and control of the funds". Both charges carry up a maximum of a 20 year sentence. He tricked at least 15 people into buying the nonexistent tickets. Instead, they arrived to find half-built tents, feral dogs and inadequate food and water.
The plea pertained to the bungled spring 2017 Fyre Festival on the Bahamian island of Exuma that cost over 80 investors a total of $26 million (all figures US).
Hulu announced in April it was producing a documentary series about the Fyre Festival.