A man has been sentenced to ten years in jail for allegedly of stealing 675,000 credit card numbers that led to $36 million (£22 million) in losses.

According to the Washington Times, Rogelio Hackett Jr. was sentenced in a Virginia court to ten years in jail and ordered to pay a $100,000 (£61,000) fine on charges of trafficking credit cards and aggravated identity theft.

The weight of the sentence was described as a ‘strong deterrent to others who may be tempted to engage in identity theft' by US attorney Neil H. MacBride for the Eastern District of Virginia.

According to court documents, US Secret Service agents executed a search warrant in 2009 at Hackett's home and found more than 675,000 stolen credit card numbers and related information in his computers and email accounts.

Hackett admitted to trafficking credit card information, obtained either by hacking into business computer networks and downloading credit card databases or by purchasing the information from others using the internet through various carding forums since 2002.

Credit card companies have identified tens of thousands of fraudulent transactions using the card numbers found in Hackett's possession, totalling more than $36 million.