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A company that sells advertising on vinyl phone book covers is warning Carroll County businesses that one of its former employees may be misrepresenting himself and his product to local businesses.

The Greater Mount Airy Business Association received a warning letter from the company, said Bob Robertson, president of the association, at the group's meeting yesterday.

In the April 13 letter, Merritt Mattson, executive vice president of National Merchandising Corporation of Green Bay, Wis., said a former employee is presenting himself as a current employee.

The man was fired in December from the Consumer Preferred Association of Businesses, a division of National Merchandising, for "gross misrepresentation" of the firm and its products, the letter said.

Mr. Mattson said yesterday that the man also may be promising media support that is not available and using copyrighted materials without the company's permission.

He said the company suspects that the man may be active in the area reaching from Westminster to Mount Airy, and that the man also has called on businesses in Virginia and West Virginia.

No charges have been filed against the man, Mr. Mattson said.

But Mr. Mattson suggested that any business people who have questions about a phone book cover company should contact their local Chamber of Commerce.

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