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Promoter of disastrous Fyre Festival accused of new scam after guilty plea

Event promoter Billy McFarland — the man behind the disastrous high-end Fyre Festival that stranded super models and socialites in the Bahamas — was arrested Tuesday and charged with earning $100,000 by selling fake tickets to other exclusive fashion, music and sporting events.

McFarland was charged with one count of wire fraud through his company NYC VIP Access and one count of money laundering. He faces a maximum of 40 years in prison if convicted, according to several news outlets siting the complaint filed in Manhattan federal court.

Prosecutors say McFarland, 26, began running the new ticket scheme in late 2017 — just months after his June 2017 arrest for defrauding investors of his Fyre Media company out of $24 million.

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