Balloon Parents Owe $42,000 for the Best Prank of 2009

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Richard and Mayumi Heene, the fame-hungry Colorado couple who tricked the world into believing their son Falcon was floating through the sky in a homemade balloon, were handed a bill for their ruse today. According to the Heene's lawyers, they owe local, state and federal agencies $42,000. But in predictable Balloon family style, they're not yet willing to pay.

"Let's see the bills," lawyer David Lane said. "They're not paying anything until they see some receipts." And even then they're probably not paying anything since the Heenes don't deal in unsophisticated humanoid currency.

Balloon Boy parents hit with $42,000 tab for October stunt [Denver Post]