It may be the least of his problems, but TMZ has learned the FAA is investigating whether Richard Heene released a tethered balloon without authorization, according to an FAA official.
In addition, the FAA is looking at whether Heene filed a false report with the agency.
Neither offense is criminal ... they're civil issues and the penalty is a fine.
Richard Heene -- He Had Just Enough Rope ...
10/19/2009 3:34 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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