Mayumi Heene admitted to sheriff’s deputies that she and her husband Richard planned the now-infamous Balloon Boy hoax for two weeks.
Balloon Boy’s Mother Mayumi Heene Finally Admits Stunt Was A Hoax
That admission is contained in an affidavit sworn by sheriff’s investigator Robert Heffernan, a document used to get a search warrant for the family’s home.
The couple called 911 on October 15 and claimed their six-year-old son Falcon was inside a UFO-shaped helium balloon that floated away and eventually drifted 50 miles, leading to national TV coverage. When the balloon finally landed and its compartment was empty, most people assumed the child was dead.
And now Mayumi has confessed it was all a stunt to make the family more marketable for the media.
But instead of appearing on TV, Mayumi and Richard may be watching one from behind bars, as they are under investigation for both felonies and misdemeanors stemming from the incident.
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The couple claimed Falcon had been hiding in the house during the balloon flight and they were unaware of that fact.
But the sherrif’s affidavit states that Mayumi admitted to cops on October 17 that she and her husband lied two days earlier. Mayumi admitted, “…that the release of the flying saucer was intentional as a hoax, that she and RICHARD HEENE knew all along that FALCON was hiding in the residence. The motive for the fabricated story was to make the HEENE family more marketable for future media interest. MAYUMI described that she and RICHARD HEENE devised this hoax approximately two weeks earlier. The experimental flying saucer was specifically made to carry out this hoax. That she and RICHARD had instructed their three children to lie to authorities as well as the media regarding this hoax.”
The family previously appeared on the reality show Wife Swap, and as RadarOnline.com has reported, has tried out for numerous reality shows for years.
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Despite the document containing Mayumi’s confession, Richard Heene is not ready to give in. His lawyer, David Lane, told the Denver Post that Mayumi’s confession is meaningless. “[Mayumi's] English is not that great, first of all,” Lane said.
Cops obtained Mayumi’s statement after questioning her separately from her husband.