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U.S. Marshals Put Fyre Festival Merchandise Up for Auction – Billboard


More than three years after the extremely publicized Fyre Festival famously fizzled out within the Bahamas, merchandise and different “minor assets” are up on the market — courtesy of the U.S. Marshals Service.

In a launch Thursday (July 30), the U.S. Marshals introduced that 126 gadgets from the pageant shall be auctioned off, with proceeds going towards the victims of Billy McFarland.

McFarland acknowledged defrauding buyers of $26 million within the 2017 Fyre Festival and over $100,000 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’s serving his sentence at a low-security jail in Ohio, in response to the Bureau of Prisons.

“This Fyre Festival-branded clothing and other items that were seized from Billy McFarland were originally intended to be sold at the Fyre Festival itself but were kept by McFarland, with the intent to sell the items and use the funds to commit further criminal acts while he was on pre-trial release,” U.S. Marshal Ralph Sozio of the Southern District of New York stated within the launch.

The pageant, billed as an ultra-luxurious occasion and “the cultural experience of the decade,” was alleged to happen over two spring 2017 weekends 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 hoping to see Blink-182 and the hip-hop act Migos arrived to study musical acts had been canceled. 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 mementos of that pageant are sweatpants, shirts and tokens emblazoned with “a conspiracy to change the entertainment world.” As of Saturday, the heaps ranged from $10 — the minimal bid for units of two wristbands — to $300 for a baseball cap bearing the pageant emblem that had acquired 20 bids for the reason that public sale opened Thursday. At 36 bids, the most well-liked lot was an aqua blue hoodie that includes the flag of the Bahamas on the again and sleeves patterned with the emblem.

The public sale, run by Texas-based Gaston & Sheehan, ends Aug. 13.


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