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Sheriff: Boy-In-Balloon Was Hoax, Charges Expected

Publié par Clifford Armion le 19/10/2009

The Associated Press

"FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) -- 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 Sunday, 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.

"Investigators are examining the possibility of other conspirators, ''including the possibility that even some of the media outlets may have had some knowledge about this,'' Alderden said."

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"Sheriff: Boy-In-Balloon Was Hoax, Charges Expected", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), octobre 2009. Consulté le 09/03/2021. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/sheriff-boy-in-balloon-was-hoax-charges-expected