Richard and Mayumi Heene leave court after sentencing in Fort Collins, Colorado, in December 2009. Photo: AP Richard and Mayumi Heene leave court after sentencing in Fort Collins, Colorado, in December 2009. Photo: AP
Richard and Mayumi Heene leave court after sentencing in Fort Collins, Colorado, in December 2009. Photo: AP
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US parents pardoned for bizarre ‘balloon boy’ hoax that fooled millions worldwide

  • Richard and Mayumi Heene falsely claimed in 2009 that their six-year-old son Falcon had floated away in a home-made balloon shaped like a flying saucer
  • The couple were accused of trying to use the publicity to land their own reality TV series

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Richard and Mayumi Heene leave court after sentencing in Fort Collins, Colorado, in December 2009. Photo: AP Richard and Mayumi Heene leave court after sentencing in Fort Collins, Colorado, in December 2009. Photo: AP
Richard and Mayumi Heene leave court after sentencing in Fort Collins, Colorado, in December 2009. Photo: AP
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