In Wreckage of the Fyre Festival, Fury, Lawsuits and an Inquiry

A few days after the spectacular collapse of the Fyre Festival, as federal investigators began to surround the wreck, the brain of the event, Billy McFarland, was always making promises. His case was not sold on social networks by Kendall Jenner as a lightweight musical getaway in the Bahamas. Scheduled for two weekends since late April, it was supposed to extend market leadership for competitive festivities. Instead, Fyre has become a joke for the aborted opening, reports of millennia of panic seeking impromptu shelter on a dark beach. But talking on May 2 with bewildered employees in their office at TriBeCa – with their $ 30,000 sound system and their common way – visitor models – McFarland diverted the blame and promised to ride a Fyre to survive another festival next year. The cover had been “sensationalist,” he insisted, according to a recording obtained by The New York Times. JA Rule, rapper and celebrity partner McFarland, looked on the bright side. “Everybody knows the name of Fyre now,” he said. “It’s going to happen, guys.” His company, Fyre Digital, however, was already facing the first of more than a dozen claims per million alleging fraud, breach of contract and more. The effort has also become the subject of a criminal investigation with federal authorities are considering possible fraud by mail, wire and securities, according to a source with knowledge of the subject, who was not allowed to discuss. The survey is conducted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and the F.B.I. It is overseen by a prosecutor assigned to the complex unit of fraud and computer crime.

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