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A Maryland man accused of participating in a yearslong scheme described by the Justice Department as “securities fraud on cyber steroids” was arrested in Russia on immigration charges several months ago following a lengthy manhunt, Bloomberg reported Tuesday.
Joshua Aaron, 32, was arrested in May after police showed up at his apartment near downtown Moscow and found he had violated the terms of his visa, Bloomberg reported. He was subsequently jailed, fined the equivalent of $80 and ordered to leave the country, according to Bloomberg.
The FBI issued an arrest warrant for the Potomac native in June 2015 upon charging him with crimes including conspiracy to commit computer hacking, security fraud and aggravated identity theft.
Despite being placed on the bureau’s “most wanted” list of suspected cyber criminals, however, the accused fraudster won’t necessarily stand trial stateside anytime soon: Russia doesn’t have an extradition treaty with the U.S., and an FBI spokeswoman told Bloomberg this week that Mr. Aaron was not presently in U.S. custody.
Instead Russia has offered to send Mr. Aaron to the U.S. in exchange for a “reciprocal” act, according to court transcripts seen by Bloomberg. In the meantime, he is presumably free to leave Russia, Bloomberg reported.
Mr. Aaron told Russian prosecutors in a recent court hearing that he did not know he had been charged in the U.S., according to Bloomberg.