The parents of "balloon boy" Falcon Heene have agreed to pay more than $36,000 in restitution stemming from a hoax in which they claimed their son floated away in a UFO-shaped balloon.
On Tuesday, Larimer County Chief Judge Stephen Schapanski accepted an agreement between prosecutors and Richard and Mayumi Heene, who were not present. Authorities initially had sought up to $48,000, according The Denver Post.
Richard and Mayumi Heene reported that their six-year-old son had floated away in a balloon. Police responded to the incident, which turned out to be a hoax. Both parents served time in jail for the hoax, News 10NBC says.
This problem is not limited to the situation with the "whale prison" in Russia's Far East, because many people buy tickets to go to oceanariums and turn a blind eye to the problem