1st Alliance Lending, LLC, John Christopher DiIorio, Kevin Robert St. Lawrence, and Socrates Aramburu
On January 15, 2021, the Bureau filed a lawsuit against 1st Alliance Lending, LLC, John Christopher DiIorio, Kevin Robert St. Lawrence, and Socrates Aramburu. 1st Alliance, based in Hartford, Connecticut, originated residential mortgages from 2004 to September 2019 and stopped operating in November 2019. DiIorio was its chief executive officer and he, St. Lawrence, and Aramburu were 1st Alliance’s three managing executives. The Bureau’s complaint alleges that 1st Alliance engaged in various unlawful mortgage lending practices in violation of the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), the Mortgage Acts and Practices—Advertising Rule (MAP Rule); and that 1st Alliance, DiIorio, St. Lawrence, and Aramburu engaged in unfair and deceptive practices under the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 (CFPA). The Bureau filed an amended complaint on April 1, 2021. The Bureau’s amended complaint seeks injunctions against the defendants, as well as damages, redress to consumers, disgorgement of ill-gotten gains, and the imposition of a civil money penalty. 1st Alliance and the individual defendants filed motions to dismiss on May 11, 2021, which on March 31, 2022, the court denied as to all but one claim against the individual defendants, which it dismissed without prejudice. On March 13, 2023, the parties filed a joint stipulation dismissing certain counts and all claims against defendant Socrates Aramburu, which the court docketed on March 14, 2023. The case remains pending against the remaining defendants.