57 minutes | Apr 9, 2021

What a Creep: Billy McFarland (Fyre Festival Fraudster)

What a Creep: Billy McFarland

Fyre Festival Creep

Season 10, Episode 7

On April 28, 2017, a tweet blew up the Internet from Trevor DeHaas, @trev4president with a picture of a very sad bread and cheese meal saying “Here’s the dinner they fed us tonight. Literally slices of bread, cheese, and salad with no dressing #fyrefraud #fyrefestival #dumpsterfyre

This was day one of the Fyre Festival fraud perpetrated by 25-year old Fyre Media CEO & Founder Billy McFarland. Hundreds of people were stranded, millions of dollars were borrowed and never paid back. Here is the story of one of the biggest (and youngest) frauds we have covered on this show.

Sources for this episode:

Fyre Festival Wikipedia

Fyre Fest Intro/First Clip

NME Ja Rule sells Cheese Sandwich for NFT

BBC

CNBC

CNBC "American Greed"

Washington Post

Netflix: The Greatest Party That Never Happened

Vulture (NY Magazine)

Vanity Fair

ABC "Where Are They Now?"

Vogue (First-person account)

Hulu: Fyre Fraud

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