Frank William Abagnale, Jr. (born April 27, 1948) is an American security consultant best known for his history as a former confidence trickster, check forger (forgery), skilled impostor and escape artist. He became notorious in the 1960s for successfully passing US$2.5 million worth of meticulously forged checks (check fraud) across 26 countries over the course of five years, starting when he was only 17 years old. In the process, he claimed to have assumed no fewer than eight separate identities, successfully impersonated an airline pilot, a doctor (Physician), a prison inspector (Bureau of Prisons) and a lawyer. He escaped from police custody twice (once from a taxiing airliner and once from a US federal penitentiary), all before he was 21 years old.
Abagnales life story provided the inspiration for the feature film Catch Me If You Can, very loosely based on his ghostwritten (Ghostwriter) autobiography of the same name (Catch Me if You Can (book)). He is currently a consultant and lecturer at the academy and field offices for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He also runs Abagnale & Associates, a financial fraud consultancy (consultant) company.
Subject Name: Frank William Abagnale, Jr
Date of birth: 1948-04-27
Birth Location: Bronxville, New York, United States, U.S.
Charge: fraud, forgery, swindling (Confidence trick)
Conviction Penalty: 12 months in French prison (about 6 months served) ,6 months in Swedish prison,12 years in US prison (4 years served)
Occupation: CEO Abagnale , Associates, security consultants
Parents: Frank Abagnale, Sr.