Organizer of failed Fyre Festival released early from federal prison

According to his lawyer, the admitted scammer behind the failed Fyre Festival was freed from prison on Wednesday, more than 2 years before his six-year term was set to expire in 2018.

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According to the Bureau of Prisons, Billy McFarland, 30, was moved from a low-security jail cell in Michigan on March 30.

McFarland remained in prison at a second institution before arriving at a halfway house in New York City on Wednesday, according to his lawyer, Jason Russo.

As per the bureau, he will be there until August.

McFarland was released early after earning good time credit, according to Russo, after pleading guilty to wire fraud and other offenses linked to a music festival he falsely touted as a lavish, star-studded gathering in the Caribbean.

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TMZ broke the news of McFarland’s release on Wednesday.

McFarland, who owes millions in reparations as a result of the incident, aims to “put together a team of good people for a solid plan to make amends and pay” what he owes, according to Russo.

McFarland has spent the last two years devising a plan to start “immediately” repaying the $26 million he was ordered to forfeit by a judge in 2018. Russo remained tight-lipped about the situation.

According to The New York Times, McFarland was sentenced to solitary jail two years ago for engaging in a podcast about the event dubbed “Dumpster Fyre.”

Russo told the newspaper that his man had been a “model prisoner” and that McFarland’s participation had not broken any restrictions.

McFarland has previously been held in solitary confinement for having a flash drive, according to the New York Times.

Celebrities including Kendall Jenner & Bella Hadid endorsed the April 2017 festival, which promised luxury lodgings in the Bahamas & concerts by more than a dozen musical performers. Instead, festivalgoers were handed cheese sandwiches and advised to stay in tents provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

According to The Associated Press, McFarland apologized for his offenses, telling a judge last year that he meant to arrange a “legitimate festival” but “grossly underestimated the resources that would be necessary to hold an event of this magnitude.”

“In an attempt to raise what I thought were needed funds, I lied to investors about various aspects of Fyre Media and my personal finances,” according to the Associated Press, he explained.

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