He is known as “Maximilan”, “Malmo”, “Teamsters”, “Malmö”, “Microsoft” and “Max”. He goes by the name of Maximilian Rivkin and is a national, born in Sweden, wanted by the authorities of his country and the US State Department.

To locate him, a juicy reward was offered on Wednesday, June 7, 2023. The United States accuses him of “marketing an encrypted communication network for drug traffickers without knowing that the technology was developed by the FBI,” AFP news agency reported. .

Rivkin turns 40 on July 14.

The United States is offering a reward of up to $5 million, along with Swedish police, for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of Maximilian Rivkin

United States Department of State

What did Maximilian Rivkin do?

Rivkin “has been a fugitive since the dismantling of the ANOM network in 2021, an operation that led to the arrest of 800 people on three continents.”

In addition, the seizure of 38 tons of drugs and $48 million in various currencies was achieved, the government agency reported.

Three years earlier, the FBI had managed to infiltrate “an encrypted communications platform known as ANOM, used by transnational criminals around the world.”

During the investigation, according to the State Department, “many criminal conversations were discovered, including that of Maximilian Rivkin.”

More than 800 detainees leave a gigantic international operation in which police from 17 countries participated

Between December 2020 and March 2021, “the FBI shared copies of Rivkin’s criminal conversations with the Swedish police”.

That was how Rivkin was charged with crimes of murder conspiracy, drug trafficking conspiracy, money laundering and kidnapping.

On May 28, 2021, “Rivkin was indicted by a federal grand jury in the Southern District of California and charged with international conspiracy to participate in an organized crime enterprise.”

In your country, you will also face charges imposed by the police authority.

El Espectador, from Colombia, reported in May 2019 that migration had expelled Swede Rivkin.

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“Rivkin,” according to AFP citing the State Department, “was an administrator and influencer of an encrypted communications service used by criminals around the world.”

The department “believes that the Swede, without his knowledge, was a central part of the operation conducted by the FBI.”

In 2018, the police station, the French news agency explains, “forced a man who had built coded phones for criminals to develop an updated version for which the FBI would have the single master digital key.”

That way they could “collect and read all communications through the system”.

With the help of that man, “the system was marketed as ANOM and promoted by ‘unsuspecting’ criminal ‘influencers’ like Rivkin, who took a leading role in persuading others to use it.

Maximillian Rivkin, Maximilan Rivkin and Milos Jankovic are the aliases of the Swede requested by two countries

United States Department of State

The Swede’s case is also being handled by the US Department of Justice, from which they report that “more than 12,000 ANOM phones have been sold to criminal groups operating in more than 100 countries.

These gangs, the AFP pointed out, come from organized crime in Italy, from criminal motorcyclists and international drug cartels.

The United States, in its eagerness to detain him to face trial, circulated photos of him and other information. Therefore, he is known to have scars on the fingers of his right hand and another one on his left knee.

The State Department also emphasizes on its website that “a tattoo of three monkeys” can be seen on Rivkin’s right arm.