Something weird is going on these days. The estranged wife of a NASA astronaut has been accused of falsely claiming that her spouse accessed her bank account…right from space. Summer Worden is accused of filing a false complaint against astronaut Anne McClain twice. It first happened with the the FTC back in March 2019, and then, the second time, in July 2019, during an interview with NASA’s Inspector General.She states that McClain illegally got access to her financial records while being abroad at the International Space Station. She said that there was also a reason: to gain custody of Worden’s young son, Briggs. Worden accused McClain of identity theft, and this is the first criminal allegation from space. She stated that McClain used a computer from the space station in order to get access to her bank account on Earth, and all without her permission. McClain’s lawyer stated that she was only monitoring the account in order to make sure that their boy was well taken care of.
But that’s not the entire story. Apparently, McClain put some harsh demands on their family, including the fact that she would be able to legally adopt Briggs. Worden said no to McClain, but she did not respect that.
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’s mother, Beth, has also given a statement: “It seems like Anne (McClain) controls our life. We have to be home at 7 o’clock, three nights a week, so she can FaceTime with him (Briggs). Well, that’s the time that we’re eating dinner, just getting home from soccer practice.”
McClain has explained that: “There’s unequivocally no truth to these claims. We’ve been going through a painful, personal separation that’s now unfortunately in the media.If Worden gets convicted, she can face up to 5 years in prison and a possible $250,000 maximum fine.