Golden Visas: Cyprus to Tighten Regulations

Cyprus plans to tighten requirements for its ‘citizenship by investment’ programme following a warning from European authorities earlier this year that the scheme is vulnerable to exploitation by criminals.

Serbian President Pledges to “Fight the Lies” About His Son

After reporters again caught his son in company of alleged members of a drug trafficking clan, Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić hinted on Friday that journalists were painting a target on his son’s forehead but that he will fight with all the strength he has and “defeat their lies.”

Norway Grants Access to Docs in Probe of Jay-Z’s Company

A Norwegian court has allowed the country’s financial authority to examine documents pertaining to a music-streaming service, reportedly owned by American rapper Jay-Z, suspected of fraudulently manipulating playback figures to inflate royalties for select artists.

KRIK: Serbian President’s Son Again in Company of Mafia Suspects

Following a tip from a reader, a reporter from OCCRP’s Serbian partner KRIK managed on Wednesday evening to take a photo of the son of Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić in company with organized crime figures, adding proof to previous allegations about Danilo Vučić’s connections with the underworld.

Med-Tech Firm Updates Old Fraud Scheme for the COVID-19 Era

In the first case of securities fraud related to COVID-19 to be brought before a US court, prosecutors charged the president of a California-based medical technology company with defrauding investors, manipulating stock prices and submitting fraudulent claims for allergy and coronavirus testing from which he allegedly made US$69 million.

IT Specialists Warn of Malware Increase During COVID-19

The number of banking Trojans and infostealers has gone up with the increase of mostly pandemic-related unemployment, according to a leading provider of cyber security solutions to governments and corporate enterprises globally.

Mexico: Tequila Companies Targeted in CJNG Sting

Authorities in Mexico have reportedly identified several tequila vendors as front companies in an alleged money laundering operation run by one of the country’s most powerful drug syndicates. The move reflects a broader change in tactics by Mexico’s government, targeting cartels' pockets and the systemic causes of crime rather than opting for direct military action.