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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.