If he only had enough time, the Fyre Festival could be criminally fun.
In a new prison interview, closed-party organizer Billy McFarland admitted that he lied to investors who had invested millions in financing his notorious failure in the 2017 luxury retreat, but blamed the impossible schedule for the fraud, which now makes time for co-organization.
“I think the biggest mistake, before I got it wrong, was just setting an unrealistic time frame for the festival,” McFarland, 29, told Jordan Harbinger in an unauthorized interview that has since put the swindler in solitary confinement, according to a radio personality.
“If we had given each other a year or two and if I had obviously not made the terrible decision to lie to my supporters, I think we could have been in a slightly better place, but regardless of the mistakes I made or what went wrong,”
McFarland is not shy to admit that he lied, later repeating that “I deliberately lied to them to raise money for the festival. Yes. And this is the crime. The crime was unforgivably lying about the company’s status in order to get the money I thought I needed for the festival. ”
The fraudster, who is serving a six-year sentence for fraud, currently in Lisbon, Elkton, Ohio, the Federal Correctional Institution, swears that the biggest lie he has told is about himself and that he actually maintains the delusion that he can withdraw the festival to the very end.
“I legally thought the festival would be fulfilled,” he said before releasing a story about an attempt to rent a cruise ship to accommodate guests who had been promised luxury accommodation but ended up sleeping in FEMA tents.
Looking back, he regrets and regrets.
“[There’s] there is no excuse and I wish I could just wake up one of those mornings at the beginning and I just stopped, “he said, admitting that at the time he couldn’t wait to get help to stop and his impatience had cost him morale. .
The interview ends with McFarland admitting that he struggles to apologize properly and that, no matter how old or freezer he burned, I “love shrimp.”