Remember the disastrous, fraudulent, “luxury” music festival, Fyre Fest?
It was promoted by models Kendall Jenner. Bella Hadid, Hailey Baldwin, and so many other influential stars. It was supposed to be the event of the year, taking place on the Bahamian island of Great Exuma, full of celebrities and top musical performers.
Instead, thousands of attendees were left without food, water, and sleeping accommodations, and artists and celebrities were nowhere to be found. Security and medical services were practically nonexistent, and the entire event… well it never actually happened.
Attendees paid thousands of dollars for a VIP experience including luxury villas and gourmet meals, but instead were given FEMA tents to sleep in and prepackaged sandwiches.
Thousands of people fell victim to the scam of a festival, and U.S. Marshals want to help. They are auctioning off leftover merch including hats, hoodies, sweatpants, wristbands, and tokens, with all proceeds being donated back to victims.
Mashable shared that bids begun between $5 to $65, but, in this particular moment, some items are now up to nearly $400!
According to SPIN, “Festival organizer Billy MacFarland pled guilty to fraud and making false statements to law enforcement. He is currently serving a six-year jail sentence and set to be released in 2023.”
A quote from the U.S. Marshals’ site states, “The proceeds from the sale of these items, all traceable to McFarland’s $26 million fraud, will go toward the victims of his crimes.”
If you’d like to help the victims, or you just want a physical piece of the catastrophe, you can bid on items HERE. Hurry up, the auction closes on August 13th!