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Thursday, September 23, 2010

I want to see pictures of Frank Abagnale, Jr. as a young man

: frank abagnale young

Why: Catch Me If You Can is sitting on my table. He sure swindles a lot of ladies. In the movie, he looks like this:
But IRL, he looks like this:
Answer: Oh, he's not so bad. Here he is as a pilot and with one of his ladies.
Source: Google Images

The More You Know: What's he up to?

In 1974, after he had served less than five years, the US federal government released him on the condition that he would help the federal authorities without pay against crimes committed by fraud and scam artists, and sign in once a week. Not wanting to return to his family in New York, he left the choice of parole up to the court, and it was decided that he would be paroled in Texas.

After his release, Abagnale tried several jobs, including cook, grocer and movie projectionist, but he was fired from most of these upon having his criminal career discovered via background checks and not informing his employers that he was a former convict. Finding them unsatisfying, he approached a bank with an offer. He explained to the bank what he had done, and offered to speak to the bank's staff and show various tricks that "paperhangers" use to defraud banks. The banks were impressed by the results, and he began a legitimate life as a security consultant.

He later founded Abagnale & Associates, which advises the business world on fraud. Abagnale is now a millionaire through his legal fraud detection and avoidance consulting business based in Tulsa, OK. Abagnale also continues to advise the FBI, with whom he has associated for over 35 years, by teaching at the FBI Academy and lecturing for FBI field offices throughout the country. More than 14,000 institutions have adopted Abagnale's fraud prevention programs.

He lives in Tulsa with his wife, whom he married 1 year after becoming legitimate. They have 3 sons, and one of those sons currently works for the FBI.

1 comment:

joel said...

so crime does pay, if youre good enough at it to consult.

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