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Promoter Behind Failed Fyre Festival Arrested in NYC

Billy McFarland's partner in the Fyre Festival, rapper Ja Rule, was not arrested

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    Promoter Behind Failed Fyre Festival Arrested in NYC
    Jake Strang via AP, File
    This file photo provided by Jake Strang shows mattress and tents set up for attendees of the Fyre Festival, Friday, April 28, 2017, in the Exuma islands, Bahamas. Litigation is piling up against organizers of the Fyre Festival that flamed out in a fiasco in the Bahamas in April. Lawsuits have been filed in federal courts in Los Angeles, New York and Miami in the past month as well as several state courts.

    The promoter behind a failed music festival in the Bahamas has been arrested in New York on a wire fraud charge.

    Federal prosecutors say Billy McFarland was arrested Friday and is charged with scheming to defraud investors in his company, Fyre Media.

    McFarland's Fyre Festival was sold as an ultra-luxurious event with headliners including rockers Blink-182 and the hip-hop act Migos.

    Acting U.S. Attorney Joon Kim said McFarland actually "delivered a disaster."

    AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

    Kim said McFarland presented fake documents to induce investors to put more than $1 million into his company "and the fiasco called the Fyre Festival."

    Attorneys who have represented McFarland did not immediately respond to emails requesting comment.

    McFarland's partner in the Fyre Festival, rapper Ja Rule, was not arrested. His real name is Jeffrey Atkins.