The estranged wife of a NASA astronaut, who claimed that her spouse had not properly accessed her bank account from space, was charged with lying to the federal authorities.
44-year-old Summer Worden, whose allegation may have been the first allegation of a space crime, has misrepresented the attorney-at-law Ryan Patrick̵
Was married in 2014 by Anne McClain, a decorated astronaut who was once supposed to be part of NASA’s first all-female spacewalk, and filed for divorce in 2018.
In 2019, Worden filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission alleging that McClain had stolen her identity during a six-month mission aboard the International Space Station, although she saw no signs of anyone moving or using the account the New York Times reported. Worden’s parents filed a separate complaint with the Inspector General’s NASA office describing a “highly calculated and manipulative campaign” aimed at gaining custody of the couple’s child.
First suspected crime in space:NASA astronaut accused of accessing her estranged wife’s bank account
“These claims are clearly not true. We have had a painful, personal breakup that is unfortunately now in the media,” said McClain published in a statement on Twitter back then. “I appreciate the support and will keep comments until after the investigation. I have full confidence in the IG process.”
Through her lawyer, Rusty Hardin, McClain informed The Times that she had accessed the account, but insisted that she do so to ensure that the family’s finances were in order and that the account had sufficient money to care for their born child a year before they met. She claimed that she was never told to stop using the account and continued to use the same password she had throughout the relationship.
The indictment alleges that Worden has had multiple accounts with the United States Federal Savings Bank and has shared access to those accounts “with a US Army officer who is in charge of NASA’s Johnson Space Center.”
She lied when she opened the supposedly improperly accessed account and when she reset her credentials in a complaint filed with the FTC on March 19, 2019. Was said to have made another false statement in an interview with NASA’s OIG in July.
She added that she had intended to change her password when she created the new account, and did not consider it appropriate that McClain had access to her finances during a parenting dispute and an ongoing divorce.
If convicted, Worden could face a custodial sentence of up to five years and a maximum sentence of $ 250,000 for each count. She is expected to appear in court on April 13.
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