Fyre Festival Organizer Sold Fake Tickets While Out on Bail, U.S. Says

The disgraced organizer of the Fyre Festival, who was charged last year with wire fraud in connection to the failed event, ran a fraudulent ticket-selling scam for several months while he was out on bail in addition to also right now faces completely new charges, federal prosecutors said on Tuesday.

The announcement came about two months after the organizer, Billy McFarland, pleaded guilty to defrauding investors in addition to also vendors of the festival, marketed as a music extravaganza inside Bahamas. He piled up losses of about $26 million in addition to also can be scheduled to be sentenced next week.

In a statement on Tuesday, federal prosecutors in Manhattan said in which coming from late 2017 to about March — months after Mr. McFarland had been charged — he ran a company in which sold fraudulent tickets to exclusive events like the Met Gala, Burning Man in addition to also Coachella. In one case, the authorities said, two customers flew coming from Florida to completely new York for the Grammy Awards, only to be turned away at the door.

Prosecutors also allege in which Mr. McFarland used an email account inside name of another employee of the company he owned, NYC VIP Access, in addition to also sent sale proceeds to some other people’s financial accounts to try to hide his involvement.

In all, they say, Mr. McFarland, 26, defrauded about 15 customers out of about $100,000. right now, in addition to the two counts of wire fraud to which he has already pleaded guilty, prosecutors have charged him that has a third count of wire fraud in addition to also one count of money laundering.

“William McFarland, already awaiting sentencing for a prior fraud scheme, allegedly continued to conduct criminal business as usual,” United States Attorney Geoffrey Berman said in a statement.

He pleaded guilty to “defrauding investors in addition to also vendors of the Fyre Festival, although in which can be apparent in which he did not stop there,” added William F. Sweeney Jr., the assistant director in charge of the F.B.I.

Each of the three wire fraud charges carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, as does the single count of money laundering.

Efforts to reach a lawyer for Mr. McFarland were unsuccessful on Tuesday night.

The Fyre Festival — which was billed as an extravagant, opulent experience inside Bahamas — failed in spectacular fashion in April 2017. Hundreds of concertgoers suffered through a disorganized mess filled with soggy tents in addition to also cheese sandwiches in foam containers; Blink-182, which was to headline the festival, never performed.

William K. Rashbaum contributed reporting.