03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Richard Heene's Aquaintances Say They They Think Balloon Boy Incident May Have Been A Hoax (VIDEO)

Friends and former colleagues of Richard Heene, the father of Falcon Heene, are beginning to publicly doubt Heene's accounts of the "Balloon Boy" incident.

On Good Morning America Friday morning, Scott Stevens, who used to work with Richard Heene as a storm chaser before he quit due to disagreements over whether Heene should bring his family on missions, described his former partner as a "schemer." He told ABC's Robin Roberts the following:

"I believe that Richard had a plan to send this craft aloft," said Scott Stevens, who used to work as a "storm chaser" with Heene. "Whether it was to leave the illusion that there was a boy on board, I don't know. [But] I believe it was a premeditated launch."

Meanwhile, Sheree Silver, who was a contestant on the show "Wife Swap" with Heene and his family told The Early Show that her first instinct when she heard the word was "Oh my God, Richard, did you do this on purpose?"

Watch The Early Show segment below: