Colorado

Jan 26, 2010 6:03 PM by Associated Press

Balloon boy attorneys challenge restitution amount

Attorneys for the parents who pleaded guilty to the balloon boy hoax say the family should pay only a small portion of the $48,000 in restitution sought by authorities.

Attorneys for Richard and Mayumi Heene filed a joint motion last week challenging the amount sought by the Larimer County Sheriff's office and other agencies who responded to the Oct. 15 event. Included in the amount of restitution is about $20,000 for efforts the day of the event, $16,000 for National Guard helicopters and $12,000 spent on the investigation.

The motion filed Friday and first reported by the Coloradoan Tuesday claims prosecutors have never before sought to recover the costs of an investigation. Richard Heene attorney David Lane said the amount makes it appear that authorities want to make money on the episode.

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