ACCORDING TO The New York Times, Summer Worden a former Air Force intelligence officer living in Kansas, has been in the midst of a bitter separation and parenting dispute for much of the past year with her spouse Anne McClain.”
Worden became concerned when she realized McClain had knowledge of her purchases and put her intelligence training to work. The Times reports, “The bank got back to her with an answer: One was a computer network registered to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.”
Ms. Worden’s spouse, Anne McClain, was a decorated NASA astronaut on a six-month mission aboard the International Space Station. She was about to be part of NASA’s first all-female spacewalk. But the couple’s domestic troubles on Earth, it seemed, had extended into outer space.
Ms. McClain acknowledged that she had accessed the bank account from space, insisting through a lawyer that she was merely shepherding the couple’s still-intertwined finances. Ms. Worden felt differently. She filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission and her family lodged one with NASA’s Office of Inspector General, accusing Ms. McClain of identity theft and improper access to Ms. Worden’s private financial records.
Business Insider said, “Worden then brought a complaint against McClain with the Federal Trade Commission, claiming that McClain had committed identity theft, even though none of Worden’s funds had been tampered with, according to the Times. McClain defended her access of the accounts as part of her due diligence in monitoring their entangled finances.”
McClain tweeted after the story made headlines, saying there was “unequivocally no truth to [Worden’s] claims” and said the incident was part of the “painful, personal separation” the couple was going through.
There’s unequivocally no truth to these claims. We’ve been going through a painful, personal separation that’s now unfortunately in the media. I appreciate the outpouring of support and will reserve comment until after the investigation. I have total confidence in the IG process.
— Anne McClain (@AstroAnnimal) August 24, 2019
Worden told the Times that the FTC had not yet responded to her identity theft complaint, but investigators were accessing her family’s complaint to NASA.
McClain previously made headlines for plans to include her in an all-female spacewalk, which was abruptly scrapped as the agency said there were not enough suits available in the two women’s size.
Photo above: Anne McClain