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American living in Moscow surrenders in largest financial hack in U.S. history

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(NBC) — A man who authorities say was the face of the largest theft of financial data in U.S. history surrendered Wednesday in New York, officials said.

Joshua Samuel Aaron, who had been living in Moscow, is charged in connection with the 2014 hack that exposed the records of more than 83 million JPMorgan Chase customers.

The FBI, the Secret Service and the Securities and Exchange Commission all sought the 32-year-old Aaron's capture on 16 counts of securities fraud, wire fraud, computer hacking, identity theft and several related conspiracy charges, federal prosecutors said.

Authorities have called the scheme "securities fraud on cyber-steroids."

Aaron — who agreed to return to the United States to face the charges at a hearing Thursday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan — was arrested Wednesday as soon as he arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, federal authorities said.

Almost immediately, the word "CAPTURED" was slapped on to Aaron's FBI wanted poster.

Aaron's two alleged co-conspirators — Israeli citizens Gery Shalon, the alleged ringleader, and Ziv Orenstein — were extradited to the United States from Israel in June.

In a statement Wednesday, Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for Manhattan, described their alleged operation as "hacking as a business model."

According to a superseding federal indictment filed late last year, Aaron — using the alias "Mike Shields" — was the U.S. coordinator and public face of an operation that snatched the personal data of more than 100 million people at 12 major financial institutions from 2012 to 2015.

Read the full story on NBC News.

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