Fyre Festival Organizer Reportedly Seeks Plea Deal for Wire Fraud Charge

Image via Ian Moran / Creative Commons
Image via Ian Moran / Creative Commons

Fyre Festival organizer Billy McFarland is reportedly looking to make a plea deal with federal prosecutors after being charged with wire fraud.

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McFarland, who’s currently out on $300,000 bail, was arrested on June 30 and charged with allegedly attempting to defraud investors. The claim is that he illegally secured $1.2 million in investments based on false information about his stocks.

The Fyre Festival—which McFarland planned as a luxury concert experience in the Bahamas, in partnership with Ja Rule—has been nothing but a nonstop disaster with dire repercussions, including various lawsuits.

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According to Billboard:

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristy Greenberg filed a motion for continuance in the case Monday, asking Magistrate Judge Gabriel W. Gorenstein for more time to negotiate a plea bargain with McFarland’s attorney Randall Jackson.

“Defense counsel and I have had discussions regarding a possible disposition of this case, and we plan to continue our discussions” Greenberg wrote.

In a previous statement, Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Joon Kim wrote that McFarland “allegedly presented fake documents to induce investors to put in over a million dollars into his company and the fiasco called the Fyre Festival.”

McFarland is facing up to 20 years in prison.

Culture Editor, Jezebel

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JujyMonkey: unstable genius

I believe he committed Wyre Fraud in this case.