An event producer who allegedly scammed thousands of New Yorkers by selling them non-refundable tickets to several food festivals the Attorney General’s Office has called “food festivals without food” has been banned from organizing another event in the state.

Ishmael Osekre, who according to a 2019 lawsuit lodged by the Attorney General’s Office “created chaos” at the Brooklyn-based festivals while pocketing hundreds of thousands of dollars, also must pay more than $310,000 in restitution and penalties, state Attorney General Letitia James said in the announcement. She cited an August-issued court order from Kings County Supreme Court Justice Francois Rivera imposing the ban. The order did so by enjoining Osekre under state Executive Law Section 63(12) and New York state General Business Law Article 22-A, the announcement said.