WASHINGTON — America’s Community Bankers last week formally requested that the Department of Housing and Urban Development investigate an arrangement between Freddie Mac and an Internet-based loan origination service.

In a letter dated April 3, the trade association’s chairman, David A. Bochnowski, said that Freddie, which is chartered by the government to provide liquidity to the secondary mortgage market, had exceeded its charter by extending credit to LendingTree Inc.

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