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oBike under police investigation following fund misappropriation claims

The Singapore Police Force (SPF) has started investigating oBike Singapore following claims of misappropriation of funds, said Law and Home Affairs minister K Shanmugam, as quoted on Channel News Asia.

According to a Channel News Asia article, oBike’s liquidators, FTI Consultingā€™s senior managing director Joshua Taylor said that given oBikeā€™s financial state, some of the transactions were deemed ā€œinappropriateā€. He added that oBike owes an estimated SG$8.9 million to its Singapore users. Meanwhile, liquidators have issued a letter to oBike’s founder Shi Yi, demanding the money to be returned.

Marketing has reached out to Ministry of Home Affairs and FTI Consulting for comment.

The furore around oBike first erupted when oBikeĀ made an abrupt exit from the Singapore market in June. This was following difficulties foreseen in fulfilling new requirements and guidelines released by the Land Transport Authority towards dock-less bicycle sharing locally, the company said at the time.

Soon after, oBikeĀ got called out by CASE oBike for being ā€œunethicalā€ in using customer deposits to purchase bicycles and fund operations. Under the initial agreements, oBike stated that the deposit was refundable when requested by consumers.Ā As such, CASE took the stand that the deposit should not have been used as prepayment for future service. It added that the money should have been placed in a separate account to allow oBike to refund consumers when required.


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Netizens start #refundmydeposit after oBike stops ops
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