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Fintech Nexus Publication (November 27, 2023): The Saga of the OCC and its First Chief Fintech Officer


On Black Friday as most of us had been considering procuring bargains or metabolizing a giant Thanksgiving meal a bombshell dropped concerning the OCC and its Workplace of Monetary Know-how. 

The Data launched their story whereas Jason Mikula’s Fintech Enterprise Weekly revealed an investigative piece on the identical day (he first introduced this to our consideration in September) and Penny Crosman at American Banker additionally picked up the story.

The OCC’s Workplace of Monetary Know-how was established to supervise fintechs and banking-as-a-service and it was introduced in March that Prashant Bhardwaj was chosen to guide this new division.

Bhardwaj had reportedly held senior expertise positions at varied massive banks together with Citi, Fifth Third and Huntington. The difficulty is these banks had no information of Bhardwaj ever being an worker not to mention a senior expertise govt.

His “practically 30 years of economic business expertise” can also be suspect on condition that sources claimed that Bhardwaj is definitely 42 years previous.

This isn’t a great search for the OCC, a company entrusted to supervise all federally chartered banks. Absolutely a few of their rank and file would have had private expertise in coping with Bhardwaj and caught this earlier than a public announcement was made.

The excellent news is that it seems Bhardwaj was not within the function lengthy as by the summer time the OCC had quietly up to date its web site with an appearing head and now Donna Murphy, a deputy comptroller, is within the function.

However it does make you marvel concerning the hiring practices on the OCC…


Did the OCC rent a con artist to supervise fintech?

An investigation uncovered the truth that Prashant Bhardjwan, whom the Workplace of the Comptroller of the Forex employed to be Deputy Comptroller and Chief Monetary Know-how Officer in March, had a resume filled with lies.


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  • Peter Renton

    Peter Renton is the chairman and co-founder of Fintech Nexus, the world’s largest digital media firm targeted on fintech. Peter has been writing about fintech since 2010 and he’s the creator and creator of the Fintech One-on-One Podcast, the primary and longest-running fintech interview collection.



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