Published: Sun, August 25, 2019

NASA investigates first allegation of criminal activity in SPACE

NASA investigates first allegation of criminal activity in SPACE

According to the British news organisation, Anne McClain is accused of accessing the bank account of her estranged spouse from the International Space Station (ISS).

Anne McClain acknowledges accessing the account from the ISS but denies any wrongdoing, the New York Times reports. That role included providing financial support, the New York Times report stated, and her lawyer said that she accessed the bank account for that objective and without knowing Worden had requested she no longer do so.

The wife, Summer Worden, is a former Air Force intelligence officer who now lives in Kansas, and McClain, who was not publicly out as lesbian before the legal tussle, have been locked in an ugly divorce since 2018 that includes a nasty parenting dispute. A family member also filed a complaint with NASA's internal Office of Inspector General.

McClain and Worden married in 2014, with Worden filing for divorce in 2018 after McClain accused her of assault, a claim which Worden denies and said was part of McClain's efforts at gaining custody of her son. The Times reported that McClain said she had Worden's permission to continue checking on their finances as she had always done. Worden filed an identity theft complaint with the FTC against McClain...

KPRC2 in Houston reported that Worden had a son prior to meeting McClain "conceived through in vitro fertilization carried by a surrogate".

Anne McClain remains an active astronaut and NASA said it does not comment on personal or personnel matters. A lawyer for McClain told the newspaper that the astronaut was merely tending the couple's still-connected finances.

It is believed that Ms McClain would face trial in a USA court if charges are pressed against her for the alleged identity theft. She went on to qualify as a test pilot and was chosen to fly for Nasa in 2013. McClain had posted photos of Worden's son, whom she was helping to raise before their split, but had never openly acknowledged her relationship with Worden.

However, NASA officials claimed that any previous crimes committed in the space were unheard of.

She was scheduled to perform a second extravehicular activity on 29 March with Christina Koch, which would have been the first all-female spacewalk but spacesuit sizing issues resulted in this EVA being cancelled.

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