Frank William Abagnale, Jr - The famous inspiration for the Film "Catch Me If You Can".
He was born in born April 27, 1948. He is the most notorious check confidence trickster, forger and impostor of his time. Currently he is an American security consultant.He became infamous in the 1960s for passing bad checks worth about $2.5 million in 26 countries over the course of five years. As a consultant and lecturer at the FBI academy and field offices for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, he also runs Abagnale & Associates, a financial fraud consultancy company.
Abagnale was born the third of four children and spent the first sixteen years of his life in New York's Bronx ville. His mother and father divorced when he was 12. His first victim was his father.His father gave him a 1952 Ford truck, and once Frank Jr began to take a notice of girls, he could not stop spending money on them. In order to fund his exploits with the opposite s*x, he asked his father for a credit card to charge gas on, since he was always short on cash. He began to make deals with gas station employees all around the New York area to falsely charge items to his card, then give him a portion of the money; in return the employee got to keep the item and "resell" it for the full price. Over the course of 2 months, Frank Jr "bought" the following items for his vehicle:
14 sets of tires
large quantities of gasoline
When confronting his son, Frank Sr wasn't so worried about the expenses he'd accumulated, but rather that his son replied, "It's the girls dad, they do funny things to me. I can't explain it." This libido and greed-tainted response set the tone of his life until his imprisonment.
Eventually he was caught in France in 1969 when an Air France attendant recognized his face from a wanted poster. before he was caught he impersonated several designations like a Pilot, Doctor, university professor and an attorney.
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