FamousBilly McFarland, who hosted the infamous Fire Festival in 2017, was released early from prison at the end of March. TMZ found out.
The 30-year-old pleaded guilty in 2018 to defrauding festival investors. He was sentenced to six years in prison and reimbursement to his victims totaling about $26 million.
Last year, a judge also ruled that nearly 300 people who bought festival tickets were each entitled to $7,200 in compensation. It was not clear at the time whether this cost component was added to the McFarland debt.
The Fyre Festival was announced as a luxurious and exclusive party and famous stars were paid to promote the festival on social media. However, when visitors arrived at the Bahamas website in April 2017, it turned out that there was a great deal of chaos on the island. In addition to the scarcity of housing and food, there was also a shortage of water and medical care. The festival was canceled at the last minute.
Two documentaries were released about the failure of the Fyre Festival in 2019; “Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never” and “Fyre Fraud” on Netflix, broadcast by Hulu.
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