WASHINGTON — Concerned with reports of “predatory and exploitative” lending practices in low-income and minority communities, the Small Business Administration yesterday took to task a bank over its activities.

At issue is Superior Financial Group’s involvement with the SBA’s Community Express loan program, which assist small businesses owned by women, veterans and minorities in underserved areas. Loan volume is capped at 10% of the total number of loans awarded in any fiscal year, according to SBA. Two lenders account for 80% of the loans, one of which is Superior, the agency said, adding the financial institution “has pushed hard to eliminate the cap.”

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