Fyre Festival organizer allegedly scammed

BY SAMANTHA COSTANZO
Posted on NOV 22, 2018

In 2013, Anna Delvey -- a Russian woman who pretended to be a German heiress and whose real name was Anna Sorokin.

Billy McFarland, who defrauded investors and abandoned ticket holders to his luxury Fyre Festival on a Bahamian island, was allegedly scammed himself, according toRolling Stone.

In 2013, Anna Delvey -- a Russian woman who pretended to be a German heiress and whose real name was Anna Sorokin -- got into the headquarters of McFarland's credit card company and refused to leave or pay rent for four months.
A source toldPage Six that Sorokin knew people who worked at the company and asked to stay for just a few days. She allegedly did the same thing at luxury hotels and also scammed banks, businesses, and friends for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Sorokin lived the life of a socialite, attending parties and wearing designer clothes, and gave off the appearance that she would eventually pay back all of her debts due to her status as a rich, European heiress. At least one hotel did not put a hold on her credit card when she checked in due to the length of her stay and her status as a "very special guest."

McFarland hinted that Sorokin should find alternative lodgings instead of confronting her and simply moved his headquarters to a new townhouse in order to get rid of her.

McFarland is now facing eight civil lawsuits related to the Fyre Festival, which promised luxury accommodations, food, and musical performances and instead stranded attendees on a poorly-prepared island with none of those features. Sorokin is now at Rikers Island after rejecting a plea deal in January. She faces up to 15 years in prison if she is convicted

 

 

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