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Fyre Fraud

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Fyre Fraud

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Thursday 10 October 8.30pm Channel 039

“The Greatest Party That Never Happened”….The Fyre Music Festival was the defining scam of the millennial generation, made worse with social media influence… Marketing for the 2017 music event went viral with the help of rapper Ja Rule, instagram stars and models, but soon became an epic fail after stranding thousands in the Bahamas. Billy McFarland was the convicted con-man behind the festival, who defrauded investors of $27.4 million by marketing and selling tickets to the festival and other events. In May 2017, he and Ja Rule were sued for $100 million in a class action lawsuit on behalf of Fyre Festival attendees. The following month, McFarland was arrested and charged with wire fraud in Manhattan federal court for his role in the organisation of the festival. After pleading guilty to two counts of wire fraud, he was sentenced to six years in federal prison. Fyre Fraud is a true-crime story bolstered by a cast of victims, whistleblowers and insiders going beyond the spectacle to uncover the power of FOMO and an ecosystem of enablers, driven by profit and a lack of accountability in the digital age. Made at the same time as Netflix’s Fyre, this documentary provides a slightly different take on the scandal, featuring an exclusive interview with Billy McFarland himself.