A New York Times has reported that NASA astronaut Anne McClain's former partner, Summer Worden, has accused
McClain, a West Point graduate and lieutenant colonel in the US Army who joined NASA in 2013, was off on a six-month space mission when Worden, a former Air Force Intelligence officer living in Kansas, noticed that McClain seemed to know surprising things about Worden's finances.
Worden approached her bank and asked for the locations of computers that had recently accessed her bank account. The bank informed her that one of the computers was registered with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
The couple had embroiled in an acrimonious separation battle, and were engaged in a dispute over the parenting of Worden's son. Worden filed for divorce in 201
After learning that McClain had accessed the account, Worden filed an identity complaint against the Federal Trade Commission; Her family also filed a complaint with NASA's Office of the Inspector General, accusing McClain of getting improper access to financial records. She did not see signs that someone had taken or moved money into the account.
Worden and her mother had told the Times that NASA's Office of the Inspector General had been looking into the case, though Worden said that The FTC has not yet responded to the identity of theft report.
McClain's lawyer, Rusty Hardin, told the Times that his client "strenuously denies" improper behavior and said that he was cooperating with investigators. McClain said through a lawyer that he just wanted to make sure the family's finances were in order.
A NASA spokesperson said the agency did not comment on "personal or personnel matters," but praised McClain's work with NASA and in the military.
“Lt Col. Anne McClain has an accomplished military career, flew combat missions in Iraq and is one of NASA's top astronauts. She did a great job on her most recent NASA mission aboard the International Space Station, ”NASA spokesperson Brandi Dean wrote in an email.