The Feds Are Investigating Balloon Boy’s Family

By: Celebuzz / October 20, 2009

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?