An e-scooter company has reportedly faked its way onto San Francisco’s streets by using a fraudulent permit unlawfully stamped with the City’s seal and Chamber of Commerce logo. But the rogue rides could disappear altogether by Jan. 18.

According to the SF Examiner, local e-scooter sharing company Go X had sought out partner businesses around the city, including Red’s Java House, Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf and Hotel Kabuki, asking them to rent the scooters to their own customer base. Go X apparently insisted the business model was one that had been approved by the City Attorney’s Office, presenting the false permit as proof.

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The City Attorney’s Office tells the Examiner they caught wind of this and promptly issued a cease-and-desist Tuesday, ordering Go X to terminate its operations by Jan. 18. That’s when an amendment to current scooter laws will require companies to obtain a (real) permit from SFMTA. Last September, the SFMTA granted permits to four e-scooter companies: Jump, Line, Scoot and Spin.

Go X was seemingly able to stay afloat in the meantime because it was stashing its scooters at private businesses, not on city sidewalks.

“They actually created a false permit with a city seal on it?” SFMTA board director Gwyneth Borden said at Tuesday night’s meeting. “That is just next-level craziness, we’re not even talking about lots of other things with them not paying fines.”

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Go X reportedly owes $233,800 in unpaid citations after illegally parking its scooters around the city.

Founder Alexander Debelov denied the claims made against his company.

Learn about other SF businesses that partnered with Go X and read the full SF Examiner story here

Amanda Bartlett is an SFGATE associate digital reporter. Email: amanda.bartlett@sfgate.com | Twitter: @byabartlett