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NASA is investigating 'first crime in space'

By T.K. Randall
August 24, 2019 · Comment icon 18 comments

McClain spent a total of 203 days in space. Image Credit: NASA
The case is believed to be the first time that someone has been accused of committing a crime aboard the ISS.
Astronaut Anne McClain, who returned to earth on June 24th following a 7-month stint in space, has been accused of accessing her former partner's bank account from the International Space Station.

McClain acknowledges that she did access the account but denies any wrongdoing.

Her estranged partner - Summer Worden - filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission claiming that her bank account was accessed without permission.
A family member has also filed a separate complaint accusing McClain of identity theft.

The dispute stems from the intertwined nature of the pair's finances.

According to her lawyer, Rusty Hardin, McClain "strenuously denies that she did anything improper" and has been "totally cooperating."

What will happen if she is found guilty however remains unclear.

Source: The Guardian | Comments (18)

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Comment icon #9 Posted by AllPossible 5 years ago
Well it depends on the crime. What if that astronaut was trying to sabotage the ISS & was putting other lives at risk? 
Comment icon #10 Posted by Hazzard 5 years ago
I can see it now.. Next they will send a "cleaning crew" to the spacestation. She will refuse to go back to Earth. Things are going to get ugly, there will be a shoot out. Zero gravity blood everywhere. A shortout starts a fire. O2 leak. Then she will take a hostage and steal the escape pod....   Or maybe some boring attorney with a bald head will straighten it all out with a phone call.
Comment icon #11 Posted by pallidin 5 years ago
Well, I guess some court will eventually decide on this issue.
Comment icon #12 Posted by pixiii 5 years ago
What I find rather humorous about all of this is it's the first crime ever committed in space and it is by a woman.  I'm all for women's rights etc, but getting a "first" in like this, probably wasn't the smartest thing this woman could've done.  
Comment icon #13 Posted by freetoroam 5 years ago
There is the 'fashion' side too. All the task and time involved to get her a suit configured  and later she decides its a bit big on the hips.   
Comment icon #14 Posted by Manwon Lender 5 years ago
I wonder what the fee's may be on such a long distance funds transfer
Comment icon #15 Posted by pixiii 5 years ago
Oh yes!  I didn't think of that one @freetoroam LOL I can see it now....  Yes, wearing one of those would definitely be a crime in itself isn't it!  So not flattering....probably a male designer for males of course   LOL 
Comment icon #16 Posted by Eldorado 4 years ago
Update: "Low-orbit internet banking fraud claim alleged to be a load of space junk "This is what comes of mixing the International Space Station, a relationship breakdown, and banking records" At the UK Register (tech site): Link
Comment icon #17 Posted by fred_mc 4 years ago
What about that hole that was found in a Soyuz capsule docked to ISS the other year? I remember that it was found that the hole had been drilled from inside, so sabotage was suspected. When searching for the incident now, it looks like Russia decided to keep the cause of the hole a secret.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Eldorado 4 years ago
It was somebody not owning up to a mistake. (Very common these days) "The hole was identified as a drill hole made by an "unsteady hand", potentially during manufacturing or when already in orbit, according to Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin."

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