Balloon Boy Parents Set To Plead Guilty In Hoax

November 12, 2009

U.S. (ChattahBox) – The parents of Falcon Heene, the boy who was believed to have floated away in a homemade air balloon, will plead guilty this week to charges related to what they have admitted was a hoax.

The Heene’s, a science and fame obsessed couple that used their children as a means of reaching notoriety, called police and told them last month that their six-year-old son, Falcon, had been taken into the sky by a homemade air balloon.

The claims sparked a massive chase, as authorities tried frantically to save the little boy they believed to be in the lightweight balloon.

After two hours, it crashed, and the boy was nowhere to be found. That is, until he was found hiding in the family attic, where it was later found he had been instructed by his parents to remain.

It was during an interview that the hoax came to light, after Falcon mentioned that he had been hiding for the cameras. His uncomfortable father had expressed outrage when he was questioned for the statement.

Now Richard and Mayumi will plead guilty to separate charges, after Mayumi admitted she and her husband had made the whole thing up in order to market themselves for a future TLC-like show.

She will plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of making a false report to authorities. Richard will plead to a felony charge of attempting to influence a public servant.

The plea deals come after it became clear the Miyumi could be deported if an official felony charge matching her husband’s was made against her. She is a Japanese citizen.

“It is supremely ironic that law enforcement has expressed such grave concern over the welfare of the children,” their attorney, David Lane, said.

“But it was ultimately the threat of taking the children’s mother from the family and deporting her to Japan which fueled this deal.”

However much Lane tries to make it seem as though Richard Heene is taking the fall to keep his wife in the country, it is a flimsy claim at best.

He and Miyumi have already made an attempt at fame by starring in the TV show WifeSwap. They have been attempting to market their own series for some time, including selling tapes of their family online.

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