The US Space Agency (NASA) is investigating what could be the first crime committed in space, according to reports from the New York Times (NYT) on Saturday.
The astronaut Anne McClain is accused of identity theft and unauthorized access to her ex-wife's financial documents from the International Space Station, where she had been on a mission for six months, according to the American newspaper.
The ex-wife of Anne McClain, Summer Worden, filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), an independent agency, after learning that Anne McClain had had access to the joint bank account without her authorization.
The Summer Worden family also filed a complaint with the NASA general inspection, according to the NYT.
For the lawyer for Anne McClain, her client did nothing wrong and had access to her bank account while on board the ISS to monitor the joint account of the couple, which was customary during the relationship, he pointed out.
NASA researchers listened to the two women.
Summer Worden said the FTC did not respond to the identity theft complaint, but a specialized investigator and NASA inspectorate are investigating the allegation, the New York Times said.