June 1st, 2011
04:24 PM ET

Dad behind 'balloon boy hoax' offers up flying saucer in online charity auction

Do you believe flying saucers have been around for "many years?" Would you like to see people travel in flying saucers as part of their daily life?

For reasons not immediately apparent, you'll have to answer these two questions, among others, if you want to bid online on the flying saucer that was used to temporarily trick authorities into believing a 6-year-old boy was floating above Colorado.

Richard Heene's claim in 2009 that his son was in the balloon prompted live coverage nationwide of authorities tracking the craft while they grappled over how to rescue the boy inside. When the balloon came to rest in a field, however, Heene's son was not inside. The boy later was found hiding in the family's house.

Now, the self-styled scientist behind the "balloon boy hoax" is offering up the saucer in an online auction to benefit relief efforts in Japan, according to the website, balloonboyflyingsaucer.com. The site, which claims to be the work of California lawyer Perry Rausher, assures potential bidders that Heene will not receive any money from the auction.

"The winning bidder’s funds will go directly into the Trust Account of Attorney Perry H. Rausher of Calabasas, California. Mr. Rausher will then write a check to a selected charitable organization that is helping the Japanese cause. The Heene family will not receive anything from the sale," the site says.

Rausher did not immediately return calls for comment.

The site says visitors can purchase the saucer outright for $1,000,000 or submit a bid online. In addition to the questions mentioned above, the form also inquires of "your main interest" in the craft, how it will be used and whether you have read Heene's paper, "Electromagnetic Fields Recorded in Mesocyclones."

The site also contains a link to a YouTube video of Heene and his wife, standing outside in front of a deflated silver balloon while they explain their motives and the craft's functionality.

"We went on the Internet and we saw that over 18,000 people have perished over in Japan because of that tsunami," Heene says in the video. "We thought, how can we help out? We can't with our hands but we have something that we think could help."

"Funds raised by the sale will go to charity to help Japanese in their recovery," his wife, Mayumi, says in subtitled Japanese.

Heene did some jail time on a felony charge for the hoax and was ordered to pay $36,000 in restitution. Since then, he has managed to remain in the public eye through stunts that included a rock band and back scratchers.

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  1. Me

    I'm so looking forward to the day when I read this guy's obituary.

    June 1, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • catwoman

      Too funny!! Me, too.

      June 1, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      Yeah, wishing some idiot dead because he perpetrated a hoax where no one was injured. That sounds reasonable. Your mom must be so proud.

      June 1, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • U-Turn

      Sara Palin? The words coming out of your mouth sound and smell like that's who you are.

      June 2, 2011 at 6:25 am | Report abuse |
  2. Butterbean

    Id have a lot more respect for him if he donated the money he made from Wife Swap to charity.

    June 1, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • havok

      yeah he probably spent that $500 a long time ago...

      June 1, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. cpc65

    Maybe they should include the kid with the saucer to get him the hell out of that household.

    June 1, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. SKB

    Out of jail so soon?

    June 1, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. The3rdSeal

    Is that George Clooney?..the guard?

    June 1, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Nobody bid

    anyone is a fool. to bid...put this flattened balloon to rest...this is a US embarrassment..

    June 1, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Koty

      Not worth a $10 bid...................

      June 1, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Maria

    I don't think this family has any "good intentions". I'm sure they are doing this stunt to promote themselves for other things.

    June 1, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JakeF

    Curious what percentage of the proceeds he'll actually give to the charity.

    June 1, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Pat - Illinois

    Is Henne Sarah Palin's long lost brother? They both are capable of becoming airplane wing-walkers who will do anything to get their names in the paper.

    June 1, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. cc

    I will bid $1, and when i win that thing i will tear it to shreds and throw it in the trash so we no longer have to hear about him or that saucer that by the way anyone can make not a " self-styled scientist " because as i recall its just a silver balloon that didnt hold any weight in it ...heene is only it for himself, how many bet that when the year turns 2013 we will have to hear about it some more as he attempts to make money of his retarded story.....

    June 1, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. RGeneration

    His "charity auction" is probably a hoax too. Ya ain't getting a penny from me.

    June 1, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Pat

    Is this nut out of jail already??? He should have his kids and his flying saucer taken away...

    June 1, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Church

    Pat – Illinois, I was thinking the same thing. This guy takes lessons from Sarah Palin.
    Calm down, folks; no one got hurt in the hoax. Your capitalist society has forced some people to do odd things to earn a living. On the show Wife Swap, this guy rode a motorcycle into a tornado.

    June 1, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. CarmenSo

    This guy must have not gotten enough attention as a child

    June 1, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Tony

    This guy's whole life is a hoax. I don't understand why he's even mentioned.

    June 1, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
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