McFarland is reportedly now facing a new set of charges connected to a post-Fyre Festival ticket scam.
The crooked promoter of the disastrous Fyre Festival went back to defrauding people after he was arrested a year ago - and his newest victims include angry attendees of his infamously shoddy 2017 music festival, prosecutors said on Tuesday.
In the government's statement, McFarland is accused of bilking ticket buyers out of around $100,000, including $36,000 in fraudulent tickets to this year's Met Gala and $1,300 to Burning Man. McFarland, who pleaded guilty to wire fraud after has just been charged again with money laundering for setting up a fake ticketing scam. The Feds allege that in 2017, McFarland, while out on bail and awaiting the outcome of his previous charges, had employees call the highest earning Fyre festival attendees. The festival was anything but the ultra-luxurious event promoted as "the cultural experience of the decade" and touted on social media by Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Emily Ratajkowski and other models and celebrities.
A magistrate judge ordered him detained Tuesday after prosecutors said they have evidence that McFarland may have also committed bank fraud and identity theft while out on bail. And he'd told his workers that he would flee if he is sentenced to over three years in prison next week, she said. "He targeted the same victims who tried to attend his Fyre Festival".
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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".
"Mr. McFarland is a serial fraudster, plain and simple", Greenberg told Gorenstein.
McFarland reportedly made $100,000 Dollars by selling these fake tickets, and according to a judge in Manhattan, McFarland would likely face an additional two years or so in prison if he is convicted in the new case.