A former regulator who in February was appointed president of First National Bank of Keystone, W.Va., said he was forced out six weeks later after recommending operational changes.

Owen Carney -- a securitization expert and 28-year veteran of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency -- said in an interview Friday that he was hired in late 1998 as a consultant to the bank, which the government shut down last week amid fraud charges.

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