The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has slapped Brentwood Bank of California in Los Angeles and Bank of Benoit (Miss.) with cease-and-desist orders.

The FDIC said that Brentwood, a $63 million-asset bank with two offices, operated under inadequate management, employed poor lending practices, and held a large volume of bad loans that were not supported with adequate loan-loss reserves.

The regulator also said Bank of Benoit, a $16 million-asset institution with one office, engaged in hazardous lending practices, held many poor loans, and operated with inadequate capital. Both orders were issued in May and were made public last week.

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