The ‘Balloon Boy’ Family Gets Slapped With A $42,000 Bill


The long arm of the law may have reached out and touched the Heene family (the morons responsible for the Balloon Boy Hoax) last month but they still have MUCH they need to repay for their irresponsible actions. The Larimer County District Attorney has reportedly sent a bill of $42,000 to Richard and Mayumi Heene so that they can pay the cost for the emergency personnel who responded to their hoax last October:

The parents in the “Balloon Boy” ruse have been hit with a tab of $42,000 from local, state and federal agencies for their October stunt that briefly left many fearing for the fate of their 6-year-old, their lawyer said Monday. The Heenes’ attorney, David Lane, said the Fort Collins couple isn’t ready to pay up, at least not yet. “Let’s see the bills,” he said. “They’re not paying anything until they see some receipts.” Lane said he was e-mailed the amounts by the Larimer County district attorney’s office. The Heenes reached a plea deal on charges stemming from the October hoax, in which they led the world to believe their 6-year-old son was aboard the homemade craft on its 50-mile flight from their Fort Collins home. They are to be sentenced Wednesday in Larimer County. A judge could determine then what they owe in restitution to the agencies that responded, from police to the National Guard and the Federal Aviation Administration. “If they’ve got records to show these are legitimate costs, then we can discuss it,” Lane said. “But, first off, these people don’t have that kind of money.”

What? No money? Well, isn’t that a shame. For these people to get all high and mighty and demand to see “receipts” for the costs generated by their idiotic sham is laughable. I sincerely hope they are punished with a sentence that fits their crimes. Hopefully a judge will throw the book at them in order to drive home the point that this type of behavior cannot be tolerated. Whether there is jail time served or the family is forced to pay out of pocket for the rest of their lives, they need to pay for what they did. It’s horribly unfortunate that the Heene children have to suffer because of their parents’ irresponsible behavior but the time as come, payment is due — and they have to pay for their idiocy.


  • Dana

    Well maybe they should sell the balloon! Or maybe they should sell their video equipment that they shot that terrible music video with!

  • Ama

    well now, this is a good example of something coming back and biting you in the ass. I feel bad for those kids, hopefully they don’t turn out like their parents.

  • Those kids (including Patrick Heene) were so disgusting on wife swap–karma’s a bitch.

  • Amy

    Only $42,000??? I think they got off easy. I think they deserved some jail time as well.

  • lizzy

    how much do these idiots think it costs to bring in a black hawk helicopter??? i agree with amy. they got off easy.

  • tatiana

    They should fall down on their knees and thank god. At the very least, they should go to federal prison.

  • Guess they will be having a very merry Christmas. Hope the kids are fine.