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Fyre Festival

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Fyre Festival was a music festival scheduled to take place on the Bahamian island of Great Exuma over two weekends in April and May 2017.

A music festival is a festival oriented towards music that is sometimes presented with a theme such as musical genre, nationality, or locality of musicians, or holiday.

Exuma is a district of the Bahamas, consisting of over 365 islands, also called cays.

What Fyre Festival attendees thought they were getting when they bought $12,000 tickets by Business Insider

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Organized by Fyre Media founder Billy McFarland and rapper Ja Rule as a luxury music festival to promote the Fyre music booking app, the event was promoted on Instagram by "social media influencers" like Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Emily Ratajkowski, and other models.

Jeffrey Atkins, better known by his stage name Ja Rule, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter and actor from Queens, New York.

Isabella Khair Hadid is an American fashion model, signed to IMG Models in 2014.

Kendall Nicole Jenner is an American fashion model and television personality.

Fyre Festival attendee describes chaotic experience by CBC News

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The event experienced problems related to security, food, accommodations and artist relations, and was indefinitely postponed after some festival-goers had already arrived.

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As a result, the organizers are the subject of eight lawsuits, one seeking more than $100 million in damages.

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The suits accuse the organizers of defrauding ticket buyers.

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On June 30, 2017, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York arrested and charged Billy McFarland with one count of wire fraud.

The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York is the chief federal law enforcement officer in eight New York counties: New York, Bronx, Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Orange, Dutchess, and Sullivan.

In the United States, mail and wire fraud is any fraudulent scheme to intentionally deprive another of property or honest services via mail or wire communication.

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