McFarland acknowledged defrauding buyers of US$26 million ($36 million) within the 2017 Fyre Pageant and over US$100,000 ($139,981) in a fraudulent ticket-selling scheme after his arrest within the rip-off.
He was sentenced to 6 years in jail in October 2018. Now 28, he is serving his sentence at a low-security jail in Ohio, based on the Bureau of Prisons.
“This Fyre Pageant-branded clothes and different gadgets that had been seized from Billy McFarland had been initially meant to be bought on the Fyre Pageant itself however had been stored by McFarland, with the intent to promote the gadgets and use the funds to commit additional felony acts whereas he was on pre-trial launch,” US Marshal Ralph Sozio of the Southern District of New York mentioned within the launch.
The competition, billed as an ultra-luxurious occasion and “the cultural expertise of the last decade”, was imagined to happen over two spring 2017 weekends on the Bahamian island of Exuma.
Fashions and celebrities like Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid and Emily Ratajkowski had promoted it on social media.
Clients who paid US$1200 ($1680) to over US$100,000 ($139,982) hoping to see Blink-182 and the hip-hop act Migos arrived to study musical acts had been cancelled.
Their luxurious lodging and connoisseur meals consisted of leaky white tents and packaged meals, prompting attendees to lash out on social media with the hashtag #fyrefraud.
Among the many mementos of that competition are sweatpants, shirts and tokens emblaoned with “a conspiracy to vary the leisure world”.
As of Saturday, the heaps ranged from US$10 ($14) — the minimal bid for units of two wristbands — to US$300 ($420) for a baseball cap bearing the competition emblem that had acquired 20 bids because the public sale opened Thursday.
At 36 bids, the preferred lot was an aqua blue hoodie that includes the flag of the Bahamas on the again and sleeves patterned with the brand.
The public sale, run by Texas-based Gaston & Sheehan, ends August 13.