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Balloon Boy Saucer Being Auctioned Off for Charity

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The parents behind the Balloon Boy hoax are selling the infamous aircraft for charity. 

Richard and Mayumi Heene have set up the website where the balloon is being auctioned — with proceeds going to earthquake and tsunami recovery efforts in Japan.

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The couple explain in a YouTube video how the saucer works and why it originally was built it. Richard Heene also says that if the winning bidder pays $10,000 or more, they'll also receive the balloon's original plans; the winning bidder paying $50,000 or more will get photographs of the Heene family building the balloon; and the bidder who pays $100,000 or more will get a DVD of the Heenes building the craft in their living room.

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Richard Heene Reports to Jail

Richard Heene

Richard Heene, the father of Balloon Boy, began serving his jail sentence on Monday.

Heene reported to Colorado's Larimer County Detention Center around 8:30 a.m. local time, spokeswoman Eloise Campanella, told

Balloon Boy father sentenced to 90 days

Heene pleaded guilty in November to a felony count of attempting to influence a public servant by engineering the balloon debacle that transfixed the nation last fall. A judge sentenced him to 90 days in December. He will ...
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Richard Heene: I Only Pleaded Guilty to Protect My Family

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The father behind the balloon-boy incidentRichard Heene — says he only pleaded guilty to save "my family and my wife."

Balloon Boy father sentenced to 90 days for hoax

Heene, who recently was sentenced to 90 days in jail, told Larry King that the incident was not a hoax and that he pleaded guilty to charges of influencing a public servant to prevent ... read more

Balloon Boy Father Sentenced to 90 Days for Hoax

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Richard Heene, the father behind the balloon boy hoax that initially transfixed TV viewers, has been sentenced to 90 days.

"I'm very, very sorry, and I want to apologize to all... read more

Balloon Boy Bill Comes Due: $42,000 for Hoax

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Richard and Mayumi Heene, the parents behind the balloon boy hoax, reportedly have been billed $42,000 from local, state and federal agencies for the Oct. 15 incident.

The Heenes' lawyer, David Lane, told The Denver Post that the Larimer County district attorney's office... read more

Richard and Mayumi Heene Plead Guilty

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Richard Heene, the father of "Balloon Boy" Falcon Heene, pleaded guilty Friday to a felony charge of attempting to influence a public servant stemming from the families' Oct. 15 hoax, according to CNN.

Heene lawyer: Arresting Heene parents in front of kids "would be 'child abuse'"

His wife, Mayumi Heene, is charged with ...
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Balloon Boy's Parents to Plead Guilty

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Richard and Mayumi Heene, the parents of Balloon Boy, will plead guilty on Friday to certain charges stemming from their Oct. 15 hoax, their lawyer announced in a statement Thursday.

Poll: 91 percent of users say balloon drama was a hoax

Richard Heene will plead guilty to a felony charge of ...
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Affidavit: Heene Parents "Knew All Along" Son Wasn't in Balloon

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 Mayumi Heene, the mother of balloon boy Falcon Heene, told investigators she and her husband "knew all along that Falcon was hiding in the residence," according to an affidavit obtained by The Associated Press.

According to the court documents, Mrs. Heene also told investigators... read more

Sheriff: Balloon Boy Family Made Deal with Media Outlet

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Larimer County Sheriff Jim Aldernen says a media outlet may have played a role in the Heene family's balloon hoax, according to The Associated Press.

Documents show a media outlet made a deal to pay the Heene family, Aldernen told the AP. He did not name the outlet in question, but he says the organization is in an industry that blurs "the line between ... read more

Wife Swap Co-Star: Richard Heene "Had the Mind of a Mad Scientist"

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Sheree Silver, the woman who lived with the Heene family on Wife Swap, said Richard Heene, the father of balloon boy Falcon, "had the mind of a mad scientist" and a short temper.

"He wasn't very nice to me," Silver told People. "But ... I don't think he would ...
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