Oct 23, 2009

Balloon mom: admits hoax - told kids to lie

Denver Channel 9 News reports that balloon boy mom Mayumi Heene (pictured) told a Larimer County Sheriff's investigator she and her husband lied to authorities when they reported that their 6-year-old son was aboard a balloon released from the family's backyard.

Mayumi Heene told investigator Robert Heffernan that she and her husband, Richard, had lied to authorities on Oct. 15. She admitted the release of the flying saucer from their Fort Collins Home was an intentional hoax.

Mayumi Heene said she and her husband knew all along that 6-year-old Falcon was hiding in their home. The motive for the fabricated story was to make the Heene family more marketable for future media interest.

Mayumi Heene and Richard Heene devised the hoax two weeks before the launch. The experimental flying saucer was made specifically to carry out the hoax.

Mayumi Heene also said that she and her husband had told their three children to lie to authorities and the media.