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McFarland pleads guilty to ticket fraud

Billy McFarland, promoter of the ill-fated Fyre Festival that took place in the Bahamas last year, has pleaded guilty to three counts of ticketing fraud charges.

The promoter, who pleaded guilty to wire fraud charges in March and agreed to serve up to a decade in prison for lying to investors and sending false documents, was accused of being involved in a fake ticketing scheme while out on bail on Fyre Fest charges.

McFarland reportedly faces up to 115 years in jail for the collective counts of fraud, though he’ll likely serve 11-14, according to Page Six. He awaits sentencing on September 17.

McFarland has pleaded guilty to selling fraudulent tickets to sporting, fashion, and music events through his NYC VIP Access firm.

NYC VIP Access was claiming to sell tickets to major events such as the Grammys, the Met Gala, Coachella, and the Super Bowl.

The scam reportedly affected a minimum of 15 victims, who were collectively charged around $100,000 for the phony tickets.

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