CATCH ME IF YOU CAN
About Frank W. Abagnale
FRANK W. ABAGNALE
(Author/Consultant) is today one of the world's most respected authorities on
the subjects of forgery, embezzlements and secure documents. However, more than
35 years ago, he was better known as one of the world's most infamous
confidence men. Between the ages of 16 and 21, he successfully posed as an
airline pilot, an attorney, a college professor and a pediatrician. During that
five-year period, he cashed $2.5 million in fraudulent checks across the United
States and in 26 foreign countries.
Apprehended by the French police when
he was 21 years old, he served time in prisons in France, Sweden and the United
States. After five years, he was released on the condition that he would use his
expertise to help the federal government by teaching and assisting its law
enforcement agencies. Over the past 25 years, Abagnale has more than met that
Believing that punishment for fraud and
recovery of stolen funds are extremely rare, Abagnale teaches prevention as the
only viable course of action. He has developed new procedures and created
manuals and educational programs utilized by over 14,000 financial institutions,
law enforcement agencies and corporations. He lectures and instructs extensively
at the FBI Academy and field offices, and conducts more than 140 domestic and
international seminars each year with the single objective of instructing
attendees how to reduce their exposure to fraud, forgery and embezzlement.
In the private sector, Abagnale
designed the IPS Official Check used by thousands of financial institutions in
place of cashiers' checks. He also designed and developed the SAFEChecksâ„˘
and Check Plusâ„˘ programs that provide small and medium businesses with an
inexpensive secure check. His expertise is relied upon by three major secure
document printers and credit card manufacturers. In addition, he is a consultant
to the nation's largest accounts payable auditing firm.
Frank Abagnale's consulting business
includes document reviews and design as well as specialized training and
seminars. In his continuing efforts to provide companies, law enforcement and
institutions with up-to-date information on today's high-tech crimes, Abagnale
publishes The Client Service Bulletin, a document devoted exclusively to
the education in and prevention of forgery and embezzlement. He also publishes The
Abagnale Document Verification and Currency Transaction Manual and the
quarterly Abagnale Advisor Newsletter. In 1998, he was selected as a
distinguished member of the "Pinnacle 400" by CNN Financial News.
Since authoring the bestselling 1980
memoir Catch Me If You Can, Abagnale has more recently written The Art
of the Steal. The book chronicles the remarkable story of how he parlayed
his knowledge of cons and scams into a successful career as a consultant on
preventing financial foul play, while also showing the reader how to identify
and outsmart perpetrators of fraud.
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