Convicted fraudster and Fyre Festival founder Billy McFarland has introduced one other “island experience” based mostly in The Bahamas.
McFarland was launched from jail in early May 2022, after serving solely 4 years of a six 12 months jail sentence.
He was convicted in 2018 of wire fraud after utilizing social media influencers, together with Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid, to promote a luxury music competition with tickets costing as much as $12,000. In actuality, attendees arrived to search out the expertise was nothing just like the glamorous affair that had been marketed, and located themselves stranded on the island with out lodging.
First teasing particulars of a brand new mission on social media in October this 12 months, McFarland launched extra details about his newest enterprise, PYRT, final week.
Billed as a “virtual immersive decentralised reality”, McFarland claims it incorporates expertise “to connect people virtually and physically.”
In a video posted on Instagram and TikTok, he claims that PYRT is trying to associate with distant locations and launch dwell digital replicas of those islands. He then exhibits viewers a map of the Bahamas for example.
McFarland pronounces PYRT just like the phrase pirate, and there’s a flag depicting a cranium and crossbones on the model’s (presently personal) social media pages too. He has particularly requested Caribbean places to get in contact in the event that they’re taken with partnering with PYRT, and claims that one specifically has responded.
The Bahamian authorities printed an open letter to the general public on 14 November stating that no software for an occasion has been made by McFarland, highlighting that Fyre Festival was a “notorious charade for which McFarland was convicted and sent to prison”.
The letter continues: “The Government of The Bahamas will not endorse or approve any event in the Bahamas associated with him.”
Furthermore, it provides: “He is considered to be a fugitive, with several pending complaints made against him with the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF).”
The Bahamian authorities finishes by asking anybody who is aware of of his whereabouts to report them to the RBPF.
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