Identity theft may have come to the fore if the accusations of a woman against an astronaut are correct.
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Summer Worden, a former Kansas Air Force intelligence officer, was married to astronaut Anne McClain. Now in the midst of a year-long divorce and parenting dispute, Worden claims that his ex-husband got access to his bank account from space, KPRC reports.
Worden filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, accusing McClain of identity theft and unauthorized access, according to The New York Times.Worden claims McClain broke into her bank accounts while aboard the International Space station, reports the publication.
Through her lawyer, McClain admitted that she gained access to a bank account from space, a computer system registered with NASA, the Times reported. However, McCain said she simply maintained sections of the couple's still mixed finances, the newspaper reported.
"I was shocked and horrified by the audacity of her, thinking she could get out of it, and was very worried that I couldn't keep anything personal," Worden tells KPRC.
McClain's lawyer, Rusty Hardin, told the television station in a statement that "family matters are extremely difficult and private matters for all parties involved.
" Neither Anne nor we will comment on this personal matter, "Hardin said . "We appreciate the understanding and respect of the media because maintaining the privacy of children and family members is the best interest of all."
In a statement to the CRPC, NASA said it had no comment on the matter.
"NASA has no statement on the matter and does not comment on personal or personnel matters. Ann McClain is an active astronaut. "
NASA officials told the Times that they were unaware of the crimes committed on the space station.
McClain, who returned to Earth in June after his six-month mission, was sworn in by the NASA's Office of Inspector General last week, the newspaper reported.
"She strongly denies that she did anything wrong," Hardin tells the Times.
Hardin tells the newspaper that access to the space bank is an attempt to make sure there is enough money in Worden's account to pay the bills and take care of the child they were raising. Hardin said McCain continued to use the same password, claiming he had never heard a word from Worden, The Times reported.
The battle of space may be the first case, but Mark Sundal, director of the Global Center for Space Law at Cleveland State University, said it probably wouldn't be the last.
"The more we go out there and spend time outside, all the things we do here will happen in space," Sundal told the Times.
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