Conversation with a Fraudster Billy McFarland (On-Demand Webinar)

Conversation with a Fraudster Billy McFarland
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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 on-demand webinar, 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.



You Will Learn How To:

Determine common motivations and rationalizations for committing fraud.

Identify behavioral traits of fraudsters.

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
NASBA Information: Behavioral Ethics
Advanced Preparation: None
Last Updated: December 2023
Delivery Method: QAS Self-Study


Billy McFarland - Speaker


Convicted Fraudster
Fyre Festival Founder

Billy McFarland is a media personality, entrepreneur and marketer. He is currently the founder of PYRT and is starring in a number of TV shows, including the ongoing documentary, "After The Fyre." Prior to PYRT, McFarland was the founder and CEO of three venture-backed businesses: Fyre, Magnises and Spling.  


*The ACFE does not compensate convicted fraudsters. 

John D. Gil - Speaker

John Gill

Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)

John D. Gill is the President of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). He also serves as an advisory member to the ACFE Board of Regents.

Mr. Gill began his career at the ACFE in 1995 as its first general counsel. He then created, and was the first director of, the ACFE’s research and publications department. His most recent position was Chief Training Officer where he oversaw all of the ACFE’s training activities.

In 2006, he developed the CFE Exam Review Course and has taught that class on six continents. He has also conducted training for Fortune 50 companies; federal, state, and local government agencies; and professional organizations across the globe.

Mr. Gill graduated from the University of Arkansas with a bachelor’s degree in English, and he earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence, with honors, from the University of Texas School of Law. Prior to working for the ACFE, Mr. Gill was an attorney in the Austin, Texas, office of the law firm of Bragg, Smithers and Curry where he was involved with civil fraud, insurance, and deceptive trade practices cases.

Mr. Gill is a co-author of the Fraud Examiners Manual. He is the former publisher of Fraud Magazine® and is a contributor to the magazine.

Mr. Gill is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the Austin Chapter of ACFE, Phi Beta Kappa, and the State Bar of Texas.


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