The Feds Are Investigating Balloon Boy's Family

The Feds Are Investigating Balloon Boy's Family-photo

It's a good thing that Richard Heene craves attention, because he's certainly getting his share of it these days.

People magazine reports that the Federal Aviation Administration is now investigating Heene and his family, after false reports last week that Heene's six-year-old son, Falcon Heene, was being carried in a balloon in the skies above Colorado. 

According to FAA spokesman Mike Fergus,

"This is unusual, but we investigate any air incident. The investigation is solely focusing on if we had any violations of our regulatory authority or regulations."

During its two-hour flight on Thursday, Heene's homemade balloon floated through FAA-monitored airspace above both Fort Collins-Loveland Municipal Airport and Denver International Airport, causing flight delays at the latter.

Fergus says he's uncertain what charges Heene will face if he's found to be in violation of the FAA's regulations:

"This is a particularly peculiar [case]. so I wouldn't even venture a guess what our legal department would do if it is found there was a violation."

This comes following news, of course, that Larimer County, Colorado, Sheriff Jim Alderman is charging Richard Heene and wife Mayumi with conspiracy, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, false reporting and attempting to influence a minor for what he calls "a hoax" and "a publicity stunt to market a reality show."

Bet Richard wishes that he could float away in a balloon right about now...

Let us know in the comments section: Do you think that Richard Heene will do jail time when all the investigations are over?

 

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  • kara
    kara

    Richard Heene will participate in a reality show at some point in the future. He has certainly proven he can generate viewership--check the ratings rise over that two hour period. Even if it ends in a short prison sentence, he is a proven, viable entity for a desperate industry when he is free. Mom will be given the children and the familly will again be available for hire. yeah JAILED like OJ Simpson LOL

  • aimes76
    aimes76

    That is one unattractive family

  • Haley
    Haley

    Richard Heene will participate in a reality show at some point in the future. He has certainly proven he can generate viewership--check the ratings rise over that two hour period. Even if it ends in a short prison sentence, he is a proven, viable entity for a desperate industry when he is free. Mom will be given the children and the familly will again be available for hire. That family was already on "Wife Swap"... i just saw the rerun a couple of weeks ago. They are storm chasers, and the kids go to bed fully dressed incase theres a storm in the middle of the night, and the dad has some serious anger issues....

  • Hawaii_Pono
    Hawaii_Pono

    I know David Lane, the dad's attorney, I bet that Balloon-Dad will not be doing any time in jail because David Lane is a "Super Attorney"...he should have been on O.J.'s dream team. David Lane will get him off the hook, whether he deserves it or not.

  • sherlyM
    sherlyM

    this is what they wanted they wanted publicity and your giving to them stop putting up this S**** your just giving them what they wanted and there getting it.

  • Hardon
    Hardon

    Why would the media use this guy for ratings,if anybody is going to jail ,it will not be him! Bet you lunch it will be your last....heheee

  • moria
    moria

    I just feel sad for the six years old. bet he is made to feel responsible for all his family's woes for the rest of his life,ijikim

  • Jay
    Jay

    Richard Heene will participate in a reality show at some point in the future. He has certainly proven he can generate viewership--check the ratings rise over that two hour period. Even if it ends in a short prison sentence, he is a proven, viable entity for a desperate industry when he is free. Mom will be given the children and the familly will again be available for hire.

  • theultimatewarrior
    theultimatewarrior

    This is what Balloon Boy is going to look like in his mid 20's.

  • Willard
    Willard

    trash

  • Joe
    Joe

    Next weeks episode "Parents go to jail"