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Wed Mar 7, 2018, 07:18 PM

Fyre festival promoter pleads guilty to fraud and faces up to 10 years in prison

Source: Associated Press

Fyre festival promoter pleads guilty to fraud and faces up to 10 years in prison

Associated Press in New York
Wed 7 Mar 2018 01.26 GMT

The promoter of the failed Fyre festival in the Bahamas – once billed as the “cultural experience of the decade” – pleaded guilty to wire fraud charges Tuesday, agreeing to serve up to a decade in prison for lying to investors and sending false documents.

Billy McFarland, 26, entered the plea in Manhattan federal court in a deal with prosecutors that suggested he serve between eight and 10 years in prison.

“I deeply regret my actions, and I apologize to my investors, team, family and supporters who I let down,” a chastened McFarland told the US district judge Naomi Reice Buchwald in Manhattan.

He said he planned to organize “a legitimate festival” when he organized the Fyre festival as an outgrowth of a digital application he launched in May 2016 to help concert promoters and private individuals directly book musicians for concerts.

“I grossly underestimated the resources that would be necessary to hold an event of this magnitude,” he said.

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/mar/06/fyre-festival-promoter-billy-mcfarland-pleads-guilty-prison

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