Balloon Boy Parents Fined $42K, Get Jail Time
The parents of Balloon Boy Falcon Heene have learned that their aircraft stunt will cost them a pretty penny.
The lawyer for Richard and Mayumi Heene, David Lane, tells the Denver Post that the couple has been slammed with a fine of $42,000 for tricking authorities into thinking their 6-year-old son Falcon was trapped in a runaway aircraft this past October.
The money will be paid to the local, state and federal agencies that aided the Heene family in "rescuing" Falcon.
Lane tells the newspaper that the couple won't pay up until they see receipts for the agencies' work. "Let's see the bills," he says. "They're not paying anything until they see some receipts."
Lane says he was e-mailed the monetary amounts by the Larimer County district attorney's office. "If they've got records to show these are legitimate costs, then we can discuss it," Lane explains. "But, first off, these people don't have that kind of money."
This morning, Richard was sentenced to 90 days in jail, including 60 days of work release, and four years probation. Mayumi was sentenced to 20 days in jail for her involvement.