The Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden says they now have evidence that the balloon incident was just a “hoax” and a “publicity stunt” to promote a reality show. Now Richard and Mayumi Heene are expected to be charged with delinquency of a minor, and possibly conspiracy, false reporting, and the attempt to influence a police officer. Read more and see video of sheriff below.
Sheriff Alderden says they plan to file charges against Richard and Mayumi Heene which could include contributing to the delinquency of a minor, which is a felony. And other charges that may be filed include conspiracy, false reporting and attempt to influence an officer.
The Heene’s charges could actually result in a maximum sentence of six years in prison and a $500,000 fine.
The children will not face charges because of their age. But Child Protective Services has been notified and are going to conduct their own investigation.
Alderden says the hoax was reportedly a “planned event for two weeks.”
Alderden said that if the charges do go forward, they will seek restitution for all the expenses the county incurred.
Another tip off to this being a hoax is that the father, Richard Heene, actually called their local news station as the balloon floated off before he called 911.
The sheriff said of Richard Heene: “His education level is only high school … he may be nutty, but he’s not a professor.”
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