NASA is reportedly investigating a claim that an astronaut aboard the International Space Station (ISS) was improperly accessing her estranged spouse's bank account, which may be the first allegation of a criminal activity in space.
The New York Times reported Friday that NASA astronaut Anne McClain told investigators that she had accessed her spouse's bank account during her six-month mission on the ISS to prepare for NASA's first all-female spacewalk.
McClain's spouse, former Air Force The intelligence officer Summer Worden filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) alleging that McClain committed identity theft, although Worden said she had not noticed that funds had been moved or spent Inspector General: McClain was accused of improperly accessing private financial records to conduct a "highly calculated and manipulative campaign" for Worden's son to obtain custody.
NASA did not immediately respond to a request for opinion from The Hill.
Rusty Hardin, McClain's lawyer, told The Times: "She energetically denies that she did anything wrong." According to Hardin, McClain oversaw the account out of concern for Worden's son, whom the two raised together, using the password to access the account they used during their relationship.
"I was I was pretty shocked that it would go so far, I knew it was not okay, "Worden told The Times, adding that the FTC had not yet responded to their claim.
According to the Times, investigators have In a recent interview with the sworn watchdog last week, McClain allegedly maintained that she only continued the behavior that had been approved by Worden to settle the family's finances.
McClain and Worden filed for divorce in 201
Worden did not discover access to the bank account until several months after the assertion of the attack, after McClain had already gone into space.
NASA told the Times that the allegations were against it McClain played no part in the Agency's decision to cancel the historic spacewalk and added that the agency was unaware of any crimes committed on the ISS.