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Ballon boy's mom admits hoax

5 years ago October 23, 2009 Oct 23, 2009 Friday, October 23 2009 Friday, October 23, 2009 4:41:02 PM CDT in News
Source: Associated Press

The mother of the 6-year-old boy once feared missing inside a runaway helium balloon admitted the whole saga was a hoax, according to court documents released Friday.

Mayumi Heene told sheriff's deputies that she and her husband Richard "knew all along that Falcon was hiding in the residence" in Colorado.

She allegedly told investigators the incident was a hoax meant to make them more marketable to the media.

Her husband, Richard, has denied a hoax.  His lawyer, David Lane, is waiting to see the evidence in the case, saying "allegations are cheap."

The sheriff has said he will recommend charges against the Heenes including conspiracy, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, making a false report to authorities, and attempting to influence a public servant.

The most serious charges are felonies and carry a maximum sentence of six years in prison.

Authorities are also seeking restitution for the costs of the balloon chase, but the sheriff didn't provide a figure.

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