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Fyre Fest's Billy McFarland Has a New Project While in Prison

Billy McFarland, the guy behind the failed music festival Fyre Fest, is working on a new project while in prison.

The 28-year-old is crowd-funding money so that people in prison are able to call their loved ones during the current health crisis.

“Coronavirus is driving families apart . . . and visits are canceled across every federal prison,” McFarland told the New York Post. “I’m launching an initiative called Project-315 to bring together and connect in-need inmates and their families who are affected by coronavirus. We’re going to pay for calls for as many incarcerated people across the country as possible.”

Billy says that he has become a new person while in prison. He was sentenced to six years in prison back in October 2018 for his role in the Fyre Festival.

“I see the important things in life… way more,” Billy said. “I got lost during Fyre — thinking that I had to make it work at all costs. I realize how immature and wrong that thought process was. I’ve grown up in jail. There’s no question I totally messed up. It really makes me sick.”

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Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino is Friends with Fyre Fest Founder Billy McFarland in Prison

Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino is getting through his prison sentence with the help of his new friends.

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co-stars Pauly D and Vinny Guadagnino revealed on The Jenny McCarthy Show podcast that the 36-year-old reality star has befriended Billy McFarland, who was sentenced to six years in prison after organizing the disastrous Fyre Festival and Ryan Collins – the man behind the 2014 celebrity nudes leak scandal.

“He is in there with the guy from the Fyre Festival,” Vinny shared. “And he’s in there with the guy that leaked Jennifer Lawrence’s nudes, that hacked her phone.”

“They play Scrabble together!” Pauly added to which Vinny responded, ““Imagine what he’s learning in there from all these guys.”

Mike is currently in the midst of serving his eight-month prison sentence for tax evasion.

Watch more from their interview here.

Fyre Festival's Billy McFarland Is Using a Public Defender for Fraud Case

Billy McFarland, the organizer of the failed Fyre Festival, was released from jail on $300,000 bail and is using a public defender for his wire fraud case.

The 25-year-old businessman arrived at court on Saturday (July 1) in New York City with public defender Sabrina P. Shroff.

McFarland was arrested on Friday amid allegations that he defrauded Fyre Media investors by misrepresenting information about the company.

Despite living in an apartment that reportedly costs $21,000 a month and driving a Maserati car worth $110,000, McFarland has not been able to pay the lawyers he hired after his Fyre Festival fiasco, so he is currently using a public defender, according to the New York Times.

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Fyre Festival Organizer Billy McFarland Arrested on Wire Fraud Charges

Billy McFarland, one of the organizers behind the disastrous Fyre Festival, has been arrested on charges of wire fraud.

The fest founder was taken into custody by the F.B.I. on Friday (June 30) in New York City.

According to Manhattan U.S. attorney Joon Kim, Billy gave fake documents to investors to get money.

“As alleged, William McFarland promised a ‘life changing’ music festival but in actuality delivered a disaster. McFarland allegedly presented fake documents to induce investors to put over a million dollars into his company and the fiasco called the Fyre Festival. Thanks to the investigative efforts of the FBI, McFarland will now have to answer for his crimes,” Joon said in a statement.

If charged, he can face up to 20 years in jail.

Fyre Festival Founders Are Being Sued for $100 Million

The founders of the ill-fated Fyre Festival, Ja Rule and Billy McFarland, are being sued for a whopping $100 million in a potential class-action lawsuit from attendees of the failed event.

Ticketholders paid anywhere from $1,000 to $125,000 to attend the festival in the Bahamas, but when they arrived they found that the luxury accommodations they were promised looked more like a refugee camp. Headliners quickly started dropping out and the entire festival was canceled.

Celebrity lawyer Mark Geragos has filed a lawsuit on behalf of festival attendee Daniel Jung, who is asking for $5 million in damages “for alleged fraud, breach of contract, breach of covenant of good faith and negligent misrepresentation,” according to Variety.

It is anticipated that 150 plaintiffs will join the class and a minimum of $100 million is being sought.

Make sure to read the explanation of what went wrong with the festival.