A week after Federal Housing Administration Commissioner David Stevens vowed to remove "bad apples" from the agency's roster of lenders, he started with Ideal Mortgage Bankers Ltd., a Melville, N.Y., lender that does business as Lend America.

Volume at Lend America, one of the most visible beneficiaries of the renaissance in FHA lending over the past two years, nearly doubled last year, to $1.36 billion, and was on track to do so again this year.

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