According to the developing balloon boy story over at dirt-digging blog, TMZ, “The Larimer County Sheriff’s Department is preparing to file charges against members of the Heene family over the balloon incident earlier this week.”
Sheriff Jim Alderden told the blog that misdemeanor criminal charges could be filed against balloon boy’s dad, Richard Heene and other members of the family for orchestrating the elaborate hoax. Alderden says he is consulting with both the District Attorney’s office and the FAA.
Richard Heene was supposed to appear at a press conference tonight but in light of Sheriff Alderden’s announcement, it’s expected that the event will be canceled.
If misdemeanor charges are persued against the family, authorities could potentially sue them for costs incurred because of the incident and resulting investigation.
See the Inquisitr’s previous coverage of the balloon boy fiasco here.