Did Anna Delvey Really Know Fyre Festival's Billy McFarland?

Hot on the heels of true-crime documentaries The Tinder Swindler and The Puppet Master, Inventing Anna is now streaming on Netflix. Starring Ozark's Julia Garner, the eight-part series brings to life the true story of convicted fraudster Anna Delvey, real name Anna Sorokin.

For four years, Delvey was able to trick New York banks, friends, businesses, and hotels into believing she was a German heiress. At the same time, Billy McFarland was planning his ill-fated festival, Fyre Festival, eventually defrauding investors out of $27.4 million before his arrest in June 2017.

In Inventing Anna, Delvey and McFarland are seen brushing shoulders on several occasions but did Anna Delvey Really Know Fyre Festival's Billy McFarland? Newsweek has everything you need to know.

Did Anna Delvey Really Know Fyre Festival's Billy McFarland?

Yes! believe it or not, Anna Delvey did know Fyre Festival's Billy McFarland.
They were reportedly pretty familiar as Delvey apparently lived with McFarland and others in the SoHo headquarters of McFarland's (now failed) credit-card company Magnise in 2013.

As seen in Inventing Anna, McFarland can be heard planning his festival with the American rapper Ja Rule. In another scene in episode 4, he even tells Anna he plans to call it "Fire Festival" but will change the Y to an I, something Anna mocks him for.

In another scene, McFarland and other tenants or visitors can be seen looking a little worse for wear after a big night of partying at the townhouse. According to Page Six, McFarland's company threw parties regularly in 2013 whilst Delvey lived there.

Delvey even managed to avoid paying rent to McFarlane, despite living there for four months according to reports in Page Six.

The real McFarland was the mastermind behind the failed Bahamas-based Fyre Festival of 2017. The music festival appealed to the rich and McFarland got the wealthy to promote it, paying social media influencers and A-list models to advertise his festival.

However, when festival-goers arrived, they were met with FEMA/UN tents as accommodation instead of the promised villas, sandwiches and inadequate meals instead of luxury meals, and poor hygiene facilities. Eventually, the festival was canceled, but it was too late.

McFarland and Ja Rule were sued for $100 million in a class-action lawsuit on behalf of Fyre Festival attendees and, in June 2017, McFarland was arrested and charged with wire fraud.

He pleaded guilty in March 2018 to two counts of wire fraud in Manhattan Federal Court. He also admitted using fake documents to attract and mislead investors. He agreed to forfeit $26 million.

However, facing potential prison time did not stop McFarland. While on bail in June 2018, McFarland was charged with selling fraudulent tickets to events such as the Met Gala, Burning Man, and Coachella.

In October 2018, McFarland was sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of wire fraud. He is expected to be released in 2023.

As for his alleged former housemate, Delvey was convicted of multiple counts of attempted grand larceny, larceny in the second degree, and theft of services in 2019.

In Mary 2019, she was sentenced to 4 to 12 years in state prison, fined $24,000, and ordered to pay restitution of about $199,000.

Delvey served two years of her sentence and was released from prison on February 11, 2021. However, she was taken back into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) one month later for overstaying her visa. As of January 2021, she is believed to still be in ICE custody.

Inventing Anna is streaming on Netflix now.

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Anna Delvey (L) and Billy McFarland (R) reportedly lived together in New York's SoHo in 2013. Getty