1st Alliance Lending, LLC, et al.
On January 15, 2021, the Bureau filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut 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, with DiIorio’s, St. Lawrence’s, and Aramburu’s knowledge and direction, 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 the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2012 (CFPA). The Bureau’s 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.