October 7, 2003 at 9:35 PM EST - Updated June 24 at 4:41 AM
When a steel ball - about the size of a walnut - is dropped on a piece of Corian - it doesn't break. When that same steel ball is dropped on a fake piece of Corian - it shatters.
"I feel used. I feel taken," said Margie Zyke. Zyke is one of several Tri-Staters who responded to an newspaper ad - believing she was buying Corian countertops. But - according to Chuck Sawyer of Ohio Valley Supply Company - the stuff is fake.
"It's a Corian knock-off that actually looks like Corian," explains Swayer to FOX 19 Consumer Reporter Tom Sussi..
FOX 19 first came across the ad in the Cincinnati Enquirer a few weeks ago - when viewers complained about poor service and workmanship. Upon further investigation - FOX 19 learned that Nathan Yahraus - a Louisville businessman who sells the product - is under investigation by the Kentucky Attorney General's Office.
Dupont - the maker of Corian - is also investigating Yahraus for trademark violation and false advertising.
"We had a talk with local Dupont regional sales manager for eastern half of country and are pulling together all information based on this case," says Sawyer.
Sussi recently spoke with Nathan Yahraus over the phone - and Yahraus says he never meant to cheat anybody. "You
never intended to push that product off as Corian? "Absolutely not," says Yahraus.
But customers like Margie Zyke that's a lie. And was led to believe that Yahraus' product was Corian and not a cheaper imitation.
f it was I would have said goodbye," says Zyke.
Yahraus promises he'll stop running this ad. But it's not enough to keep him out of Tell, Tom Dog House.
Sussi says if you're unsure that the product you have is actually Corian - there's a simple way to check. D
upont prints it right across the back of its Corian products.