William McFarland is known as the disastrous Fyre Festival organizer: he scammed thousands of people and got himself millions, and was only finally arrested this week, being charged with wire fraud.
Considering the amount of people and the severity of the damage, McFarland is facing 20 years in prison if found guilty, which is the likeliest scenario.
McFarland advertised Fyre Festival, faking millions in ad revenue, creating false bookings, etc. When guests arrived, they found a mess of half built tents, rat droppings, and feral dogs.
The Daily Mail reports:
One of the organizers of the catastrophic Fyre Festival in the Bahamas has been arrested and charged with wire fraud.
William McFarland was taken into custody in New York City on Friday and faces up to 20 years in prison over claims he used his company Fyre Media to create a scheme to defraud investors.
The 25-year-old, who will face a Manhattan court on Saturday, is accused of altering a brokerage agreement to say he owned stock worth $2.5million and faked millions of dollars in revenue from artist bookings, court documents state.
McFarland made headlines in April after revelers arrived at the Bahamas festival, backed and promoted by A-listers including Bella Hadid, to find a wasteland of half-built tents, rat droppings and feral dogs.
Its founders, McFarland and rapper Ja Rule, have since been hit with a number of lawsuits amid claims they duped hundreds by failing to deliver on the hyped event.
The event was promised to be a weekend of exclusive music, luxury food, and a luxury resort, as the festival was held on Pablo Escobar’s former grounds.
Festival goers instead got a shortage of food, and tents with no furniture.
Now, McFarland will have to answer for his crimes and scams.