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Senator Joe Manchin Sued By Brother Over Loan

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Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-WV) talks to members of the media at the Capitol Building on October 14, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images) | Andrew Burton via Getty Images

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is being sued by one of his brothers, who says the West Virginia Democrat and another brother never repaid a $1.7 million loan intended to keep the family's carpet business afloat.

Dr. John Manchin II filed the lawsuit in Marion County against the senator and Roch (rock) Manchin.

The lawsuit says Joe and Roch Manchin received a loan of more than $1.7 million from John Manchin in the late 1980s to help the financially struggling business with the promise of repayment. No payments have been made.

The lawsuit says the brothers' general partnership was dissolved without John Manchin's knowledge, with funds and assets transferred to a partnership controlled by Joe Manchin and his son, Joseph Manchin IV.

Jonathan Kott, a spokesman for the senator, declined comment Friday. Roch Manchin didn't immediately return a telephone message.

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