Frank W. Abagnale is one of the world’s most respected authorities on the subjects of forgery, embezzlement and secure documents. For over thirty years he has lectured to and consulted with hundreds of financial institutions, corporations and government agencies around the world.
Mr. Abagnale has been associated with the FBI for over 35 years. He lectures extensively at the FBI Academy and for the field offices of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Of course, you will recall that Abagnale is the subject of the movie, and now play, “Catch Me if You Can” which is a story of is earlier life. A brief summary from his bio page recounts that ignominious beginning.
Mr. Abagnale’s rare blend of knowledge and expertise began more than 40 years ago when he was known as one of the world’s most famous confidence men. This was depicted most graphically in his best-selling book, Catch Me If You Can, a film of which was also made, directed by Steven Spielberg with Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks. Between the ages of 16 and 21, he successfully posed as an airline pilot, an attorney, a college professor and a pediatrician, in addition to cashing $2.5 million in fraudulent checks in every state and 26 foreign countries. Apprehended by the French police when he was 21 years old, he served time in the French, Swedish and U. S. prison systems. After five years he was released on the condition that he would help the federal government, without remuneration, by teaching and assisting federal law enforcement agencies.
Spielberg’s movie is a good one, about which he said “I did not make this film about Frank Abagnale because of what he did . . but because of what he has done with his life the past 30 years.”
The website shows an interesting picture of this “life reborn.” I saw the movie and liked it both for the suspense entertainment, and the example of an extraordinary (and truly genuine) rehabilitation. Here was a guy who was a supremely successful “confidence man” who committed an unbelievable series of crimes all over the world. And today he is a veteran FBI consultant working for good. Makes judges feel warm and fuzzy all over.
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