Mayumi Heene, the Balloon Boy's mother, has reportedly confessed that the whole incident was a hoax. It was a publicity stunt done in the hopes of getting a reality TV show. The confirmation of this being a hoax means thatFalcon was not mistaken and his father lied as the sheriff has said.
"Sheriff's deputies questioned the parents separately on Oct. 17, two days after the flight. Mayumi Heene told authorities "she and Richard Heene had lied to authorities on October 15, 2009 (the day of the flight)," the affidavit said.
She told investigators "that the release of the flying saucer was intentional as a hoax.... The motive for the fabricated story was to make the Heene family more marketable for future media interest," the affidavit said."