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Taco Bell franchise sues Fayetteville ad firm

The owner of Fayetteville's largest Taco Bell franchise is suing a local advertising firm that's already facing legal trouble.

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — The owner of Fayetteville's largest Taco Bell franchise is suing a local advertising firm that's already facing legal trouble.

Ron Matthews says in four lawsuits file this week in Cumberland County that he was defrauded out of $720,000 by Smith Advertising & Associates.

The advertising company closed unexpectedly in March after lawsuits in Florida about an alleged check-kiting scheme.

Neither the firm's owner, Gary Smith, or son, company vice president Todd Smith, have responded to media requests about the allegations.

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