The Sheriff has declared the 'Balloon Boy' saga a hoax. I guess the Falcon was not mistaken despite what his father said. Charges are likely to follow, though it is unclear if they will be of much consequence save potentially being forced to repay the authorities expenses'.
"The story that a little boy had floated away in a giant helium balloon was a hoax concocted to land a reality television show, authorities said, and the boy's parents will likely face felony charges.
The stunt two weeks in the planning was a marketing ploy by Richard and Mayumi Heene, who met in acting school in Hollywood and have appeared on the ABC reality show "Wife Swap," Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden said. The Heenes have reportedly been working on a reality TV deal in Los Angeles."