Leadership tumult at Luckin appears to be ongoing even as it moves forward with new business developments, including inviting franchise partners.
Luckin Coffee has agreed to pay a $180 million penalty to settle accounting fraud charges brought by the US market regulator.
Luckin is being investigated in the US for defrauding investors amid pressing concerns to recoup a dropoff in sales as a result of Covid-19.
The default followed almost immediately after Luckin disclosed that its head of operations had fabricated billions of RMB worth of sales for most of 2019.
If the deal proceeds, Luckin founder Charles Lu and his family will receive up to HK$1.37 billion, likely to be put toward the company’s cash crunch.
Luckin responded Monday to fraud allegations from an anonymous report publicized by short seller Muddy Waters on Friday.
Users can locate the nearest coffee machine and place an order through the Luckin app.
The news also immediately comes after a delivery partnership between Luckin and Meituan was announced in December 2018.