The parents behind the Balloon Boy hoax are selling the infamous aircraft for charity.
Richard and Mayumi Heene have set up the website http://www.balloonboyflyingsaucer.com/ 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.
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 TVGuide.com.
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 ...
The father behind the balloon-boy incident — Richard 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 ...
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Mayumi Heene and Richard Heene
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...
The Heene Family
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...
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 ...
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 ...
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...
Jon Gosselin, Richard Heene
We're fairly certain neither Jon Gosselin nor Richard Heene will be running for Father of the Year any time soon, but when it comes to deciding which of the two is more of a bad dad, voters say it's the storm-chaser by a long shot.
Poll: Who's the worse father — Jon Gosselin or Richard Heene?
Sixty-two percent of users in a TVGuide.com poll say Heene is the worse dad for his role in the Balloon Boy farce.