Manafort family business defends name as cousin sits in jail

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The New England construction firm Manafort Brothers is defending its name and distancing itself from its cousin Paul Manafort as he awaits sentencing for financial crimes.

Connecticut-based Manafort Brothers is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. The company says it’s “led by the strong moral and business ethics of the Manafort family,” a line that raised eyebrows among some who have followed the company history.

Manafort was convicted of tax and bank fraud charges and is set to be sentenced Thursday. Trump’s former campaign chairman is facing another sentencing for charges related to illegally lobbying on behalf of Ukrainian political interests.

Company President Jim Manafort Jr. says Paul moved away 40 years ago and is not affiliated with the firm.

Customers say they’re not bothered as long as Manafort Brothers does good work at a good price.

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