US space agency Nasa is investigating what may be the first crime committed in outer space. Astronaut Anne McClain is accused of identity theft and improperly accessing her estranged wife’s private financial records while on a sixth-month mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS)
The astronaut’s spouse Summer Worden filed a complaint earlier this year with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) after learning Anne McClain had accessed her bank account without permission, while Worden’s family filed another with Nasa’s Office of Inspector General, according to the newspaper.
According to a report in The New York Times, Anne McClain acknowledged that she had accessed the bank account from space, insisting through a lawyer that she was merely shepherding the couple’s still-intertwined finances.
Anne McClain’s lawyer said the astronaut had done nothing wrong and accessed the bank records while aboard the ISS in order to monitor the couple’s combined finances — something she had done over the course of their relationship.
Nasa investigators have contacted both Anne McClain and Summer Worden.
Summer Worden’s partner, Anne McClain, was a decorated Nasa astronaut on a six-month mission aboard the International Space Station. She was about to be part of Nasa’s first all-female spacewalk. But the couple’s domestic troubles on Earth, it seemed, had extended into outer space, the NYT reported.
Summer Worden said the FTC has not responded to the identity theft report, but that an investigator specializing in criminal cases with Nasa’s Office of Inspector General has been looking into the accusation.
- Astronaut Anne McClain is accused of identity theft and improperly accessing her estranged wife’s private financial records
- Anne McClain has said to have done so while she was on a 6-month mission aboard the International Space Station
- Anne McClain gained fame for being one of two women picked for a historic all-female spacewalk