FBI investigating Fyre Fest for mail, wire and securities fraud


The organizers of last month's disastrous Fyre Festival are already battling a whole mess of lawsuits, and now, they've become the focus of a federal criminal investigation.

TheNew York Timesreports that the FBI and the United States attorney's office for the Southern District Of New York are looking into possible mail, wire, and securities fraud in an investigation overseen by a prosecutor assigned to the complex frauds and cybercrime unit.

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@FyreFraud Just a reminder of what "The Duo" was originally sold as https://t.co/gKz90zNBvu
Here's the "culinary experience" we got for our artists pass at Fyre Festival. https://t.co/Kk9q9uvkX0
One of the kitchens at Fyre Festival. #fyre #fyrefest #fyrefestival https://t.co/gQIpwxrw6S
A view of the luxury food court with some luxury school bus transportation at Fyre Festival. #fyre #fyrefestival https://t.co/XL3PtRw8q0
Food court so lit rn at Fyre Fest. #fyrefestival #fyre https://t.co/sxEX4OduTR
The infrastructure was nonexistent, and the festival staff either a skeleton crew or MIA. https://t.co/8Gh6NevsFI
Luxury trash receptacles at the luxury bar (with no beer). No shoes, no shirt, pajama pants, no problem.… https://t.co/aBWohANKnb
These are the secure lockers at Fyre Fest. They forgot to tell us we needed locks. #fyrefestival #fyrefest https://t.co/Tqyjqbg2Gy
The people running #fyrefest just told the pilot to not take off because they are having colossal problems. Everyone is stranded in Miami.
So happy our plane never took off. We were about 5 minutes from joining "Lord of the Fyre Flies: Ja Rule's Revenge." #FyreFestival
UPDATE: they are having us sign papers for full refunds. They are just pieces of computer paper but I mean...refunds https://t.co/oNa8EIojl1
People are now leaving Fyre Fest in droves. #fyre #fyrefestival https://t.co/gDsYBlh4pY
The line of ex Fyre Festers at the Exuma International Airport. Yes that's throw up. #fyre #fyrefestival https://t.co/jSZHg0F0Kn
We have now gotten off the plane because they can't get the headcount and the manifest to match up. This is fine.… https://t.co/rY3EsW1l9r
.@WNFIV So to recap? Some Instagram kids just paid between $450 & +$12k... to be stranded... in a tropical tent cit… https://t.co/erXgRjCG65
The dinner that @fyrefestival promised us was catered by Steven Starr is literally bread, cheese, and salad with dr… https://t.co/GjBxQygxV9
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In a conference call earlier this month, one Fyre Media employee asked founder Billy McFarland if they should be concerned about the FBI. "That's more of an individual thing," McFarland replied.

This article originally appeared in Stereogum.


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