There could be fines and jail time -- but it won't end there.
Now we know that Richard Heene, who led his family into a couple of appearances in "Wife Swap" and was the mastermind behind the hoax featuring his son and a balloon, is looking for an "employment opportunity" in New York or California.
Hmmm, I wonder what that could be -- cab driver, meteorologist? Perhaps he'll audition as a float rope-holder for Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.
It seems pretty clear Heene is looking to sell his story -- again -- to the entertainment industry, which is what got him in trouble in the first place.
I'm guessing that at some point if he's paid his fines, someone may want to give him a big payday -- maybe for the "inside" story of the stunt, or maybe the supposed real TV show idea he was rumored to be considering, the one about unusual science experiments and stunts.
With the 15 minutes of fame the world of entertainment provides, he'd better hurry up. Jon and Kate Gosselin might want to do the same, since they have used up about 13 minutes of their allotment.
Advertisers still look for that big out-of-nowhere TV show, some lightning in the bottle. Some got just that with those high-rate, season-ending "Jon & Kate Plus 8" episodes earlier this year. But remember, a 10-million-viewer-episode show can quickly grumble to just one million.
In this digital world, the entropy of entertainment is increasing -- up, down, sideways. TV networks are desperately looking for hits; marketers will make bigger bets.
Balloons may burst -- or just fly away with no one along for the ride.