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FBI open investigation into disastrous Fyre Festival – report

Fyre Festival organisers are reportedly being investigated by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
Rapper Ja Rule, real name Jeffrey Atkins, teamed up with technology entrepreneur Billy McFarland to launch the event, which was scheduled to take place in The Bahamas over two weekends, starting on 28 April (17).
However, the event was axed after festival-goers arrived in Great Exuma, only to find lack of accommodation, poor facilities and meals well below expectations.
Fyre Festival’s parent company, Fyre Media, has since been hit with at least eight lawsuits, all of which are alleging fraud and breach of contract, as well as seeking remuneration.
Now, the botched event is reportedly the focus of a criminal investigation run jointly by the FBI and the U.S. attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York, according to The New York Times.
The publication claims the authorities are looking into “possible mail, wire and securities fraud”, with the investigation being overseen by a prosecutor with expertise in complex frauds and cybercrime.
It’s also alleged that the police are investigating a report that a local restaurant owner who catered for the festival crew has not been paid $134,000 (£102,000), plus another instance involving headline act Blink-182 who still can’t retrieve equipment which has been held by customs.
A representative from the FBI has declined to comment on the case.
The first lawsuit to come out of the ill-fated festival was filed in early May (17) on behalf of plaintiff Daniel Jung by entertainment lawyer Mark Geragos, who is seeking class action status for the lawsuit with over 150 plaintiffs.
In the days following the Fyre Festival cancellation, Ja Rule issued a personal apology, but deflected blame.
“I’m heartbroken at this moment,” he wrote in a Twitter message. “My partners and I wanted this to be an amazing event. It was NOT A SCAM. I truly apologize as this is NOT MY FAULT… but I’m taking responsibility. I’m deeply sorry to everyone who was inconvenienced by this.”

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