Prosecutors urged a judge on Wednesday to sentence the promoter of the botched, and highly publicized Fyre music festival in the Bahamas to over 15 years in prison.
The 2017 event, promoted as an ultra-luxurious event and “the cultural experience of the decade,” was supposed to take place over two spring weekends on the Bahamian island of Exuma, except customers who paid $1,200 to over $100,000 hoping to see Blink-182 and Migos arrived to learn that the music acts were canceled, their tents were leaky, and the gourmet food promised turned out to be cheese sandwiches.
In a written filing in Manhattan federal court, prosecutors said the promoter Billy McFarland was “far more interested in the fame and notoriety generated by the festival than he was in paying back investors and his employees.”
McFarland has twice pleaded guilty to charges. First, he admitted earlier this year he defrauded investors in the Fyre Festival. Then, weeks later, he pleaded guilty to wire fraud in a ticket-selling scam that occurred after his initial arrest. With that noted, prosecutors say the public needs to be protected “from McFarland’s next scam.”