In a statement released Thursday, July 30, the US Marshals announced that 126 festival items would be auctioned, with proceeds going to Billy McFarland victims.
McFarland has admitted defrauding investors of $ 26 million at the 2017 Fyre Festival and more than $ 100,000 in a fraudulent ticket sales scheme after his arrest in the scam. He was sentenced to six years in prison in October 2018. Now 28, he is serving his sentence in a low-security Ohio prison, according to the Bureau of Prisons.
“These Fyre Festival branded clothing and other items which were seized from Billy McFarland were originally intended for sale at the Fyre Festival itself, but were retained by McFarland, with the intention of selling the items. and to use the funds to commit other criminal acts while he was on bail, ”US Field Marshal Ralph Sozio of the Southern District of New York said in the statement.
The festival, billed as an ultra-luxurious event and “the cultural experience of the decade”, was to take place over two spring weekends in 2017 on the Bahamian island of Exuma. Models and celebrities like Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid and Emily Ratajkowski had promoted it on social media.
Customers who paid $ 1,200 to over $ 100,000 in hopes of seeing Blink-182 and the Migos hip-hop act arrived to learn musical acts have been canceled. Their luxury accommodations and gourmet food consisted of leaking white tents and packaged food, prompting attendees to go wild on social media with the hashtag #fyrefraud.
Souvenirs from this festival include sweatpants, shirts and tokens emblazoned with “a conspiracy to change the world of entertainment”. On Saturday, lots ranged from $ 10 – the minimum bid for sets of two bracelets – to $ 300 for a baseball cap bearing the festival logo that had received 20 bids since the auction opened on Thursday. At 36 auctions, the most popular lot was an aqua blue hoodie with the Bahamian flag on the back and the sleeves patterned with the logo.
The auction, hosted by Texas-based Gaston & Sheehan, ends August 13.