Estranged wife of NASA astronaut accused of making false statements to federal investigators

Last year NASA astronaut Anne McClain was accused of stealing his identity to access the bank account of his estranged wife, Summer Worden, who is now accused of making false statements to federal investigators. Worden, 44, married Ms. McClain in 2014 and filed for divorce in 2018, complaining in 2019 that McClain, who was on the International Space Station at the time, had stolen her identity from a bank account in space.

McClain admitted the incident but denied any wrongdoing. She argued through her lawyer that she had accessed the bank account only to ensure that the family was in good financial shape, had enough money to pay the bills and take care of Ms. Worden’s son, who had been raised together before separating.

Estranged wife of NASA astronaut accused of making false statements to federal investigators

McClain said the bank account was common to two people and had been using the same password, and she was never told to stop using it. According to the latest court documents, Worden is accused of making multiple false statements during the investigation, and her parents allege in the complaint that she did so to win child custody.

She is currently facing two charges, each with a maximum sentence of five years and a maximum fine of $250,000. She is expected to appear in court on April 13.