According to perezhilton.com, Richard and Mayumi Heene are being forced to pay for the extensive search effort launched for their son. The incident stems back to October 15, 2009 where Richard and Mayumi Heene claimed their son floated away in a homemade balloon. The claim ended up being a hoax by the Heene family, and was a ploy for the family to get their own TV show.
The money will be used to reimburse the police, national guard and Federal Aviation Administration for the costs incurred to conduct the search. According to Heene’s lawyer they are not willing to pay until they see receipts for the costs.