U.S. Marshals Are Actually Auctioning Off Fyre Festival Merch

In a final nod to the infamously botched Fyre Festival, U.S. Marshals have started auctioning off unsold merchandise—including a baseball hat already fetching $300—in an attempt to recoup some money for victims of the 2017 musical festival scam.

The auction, started Thursday by Texas auction house Gaston & Sheehan, includes 126 items ranging from apparel to wristbands and Fyre “tokens” from the $26 million scam. The items, the U.S. Marshals said in a statement, are being sold at a steep discount from the outrageous prices originally put on them by the now incarcerated festival organizer Billy McFarland. 

“This Fyre Festival-branded clothing and other items that were seized from Billy McFarland were originally intended to be sold at the Fyre Festival itself but were kept by McFarland, with the intent to sell the items and use the funds to commit further criminal acts while he was on pre-trial release,” the U.S. Marshals Service said in a statement. “The proceeds from the sale of these items, all traceable to McFarland’s $26 million fraud, will go toward the victims of his crimes.”

About a year after Fyre Festival spectacularly failed—spawning two documentaries and endless ridicule—28-year-old McFarland was sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty to multiple counts of fraud.

Attendees had forked out thousands of dollars for what they thought was a luxury festival on a Bahamas island—only to fly in to find incomplete tents, stale cheese sandwiches, and, of course, no festival. 

“McFarland engaged in a scheme to defraud over 80 investors in Fyre Media Inc. and Fyre Festival LLC, as well as a Fyre Festival ticket vendor, causing more than $26 million in losses,” the U.S. Marshals said.

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