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The founder of Fyre Festival was arrested and charged with fraud


Billy McFarland, the promoter behind the failed Bahamas music festival, was arrested Friday in New York on a wire fraud charge. He faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison if convicted.

Federal prosecutors accused McFarland, 25, of promising a "life changing" music festival," when instead he delivered "a disaster." He was charged with scheming to defraud investors in his company, Fyre Media and Fyre Festival that was supposed to take place on the island of Exuma over two weekends in April and May.

Here's a refresher of what festival goers had to deal with when they showed up to the venue.

The Fyre Festival was scheduled to take place in April, but quickly descended into chaos.

Attendees, who had paid high ticket prices to attend what was supposed to be a luxurious event, instead ended up in natural disaster-style tents and in some cases were left stranded.

Headliners included Blink-182 and the hip-hop act Migos.

McFarland and his partner, the rapper Ja Rule, already face more than a dozen lawsuits filed by ticket buyers and investors in the festival.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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