Frank W. Abagnale
Frank W. Abagnale is one of the world’s most respected authorities on the subjects of forgery, embezzlement, and secure documents. For over 25 years he has lectured to and consulted with hundreds of financial institutions, corporations, and government agencies around the world. His latest book, The Art of the Steal, is now available through Random House/Broadway Books.
His rare blend of knowledge and expertise began as a teenager. More than 30 years ago, he was known as one of the world’s most famous confidence men as depicted in his best-selling book, Catch Me if You Can. He cashed $2.5 million in fraudulent checks in every state and 26 foreign countries over a five-year period. Between the ages of 16 and 21, he successfully posed as an airline pilot, an attorney, a college professor, and a pediatrician. Apprehended by the French police when he was 21 years old, he served time in French, Swedish, and U.S. prison systems. After five years, he was released on the condition that he would help the government, without remuneration, by teaching and assisting federal law enforcement agencies.
Mr. Abagnale has been associated with the FBI for over 25 years. He lectures extensively at the FBI Academy and for the
Field offices of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. More than 14,000 financial institutions, corporations, and law enforcement agencies use his programs. In 1998 he was selected as a distinguished member of the “Pinnacle 400” by CNN Financial News.
Mr. Abagnale is now the subject of a major motion picture, which completed filming in May 2002. The movie, Catch Me if You Can, is directed by Steven Spielberg and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen, James Brolin, Jennifer Garner, and Amy Adams. The movie was released on Christmas Day 2002.
Frank Abagnale’s incredible story has a moral. In an emotional roller coaster ride he takes you from laughter to tears and explains what life is really about.
"Abagnale's lecture may be the best one man show you will ever see".