WASHINGTON — A Maryland community bank that was recently cited by regulators for lending policies that allegedly favored minorities and women has become proof for some of just how frustrating it is for institutions to comply with fair lending laws.

Pikesville-based Community First Bank, which has just $7 million of assets, was slapped in March with an enforcement action by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency because its lending practices showed it had inadvertently charged higher loan rates for white men and married couples.

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