Conversation with a Fraudster: Billy McFarland

  • Dec 7, 2023 1:00 p.m.
  • Central Time (CT)
Course Level
Delivered via
100 minutes


Billy McFarland and the infamous Fyre Festival became internationally known through the Netflix documentary “Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened.” What was billed as a luxury music festival turned into a nightmare scenario as attendees and investors were left wondering what went wrong. McFarland pleaded guilty for his involvement, was sentenced to six years in prison, and was ordered to forfeit more than $26 million to cover investor losses. 
In this session, McFarland joins ACFE President John Gill, J.D., CFE, to explore the events that led up to the festival and what happened in the aftermath.

*The ACFE does not compensate convicted fraudsters.  



You Will Learn How To:

Identify behavioral traits of fraudsters.

Determine common motivations and rationalizations for committing fraud.

Recognize how behavioral analysis assists in fraud prevention and detection.

CPE Information

This course fulfills the annual ethics CPE requirement for CFEs. Learn more about the ethics CPE requirements for CFEs.
CPE Credit: 2
Advanced Preparation: None
Delivery Method: Group Internet Based

Credit by Field of Study

Behavioral Ethics: 2

Registration & Fees

Registration Fee:
Members: $110 
Non-Members: $150


Billy McFarland - Speaker


Convicted Fraudster
Fyre Festival Founder

**The ACFE does not compensate convicted fraudsters.

John Gill, J.D., CFE - Speaker

John Gill

Association of Certified Fraud Examiners


Event Cancellation Policy

Our cancellation policy is intended to keep costs low for attendees. Due to financial obligations incurred by ACFE, Inc., you must cancel your registration prior to the start of the event. Cancellations received less than 14 calendar days prior to an event start date are subject to a $100 administrative fee. No refunds or credits will be given for cancellations received on or after the start date of the event. Those who do not cancel and do not attend are responsible for the full registration fee. Should an event be cancelled or postponed by the ACFE due to unforeseen circumstances, the ACFE will process a full refund of registration fees within 30 days of such circumstances becoming known. The ACFE will attempt to notify affected customers by phone and email after it determines cancellation is necessary.

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