Frank Abagnale is an American security consultant. Born in 1948, he rose to prominence by claiming to be a successful con man. But whether he was really telling the truth or not has been disputed by many. Apparently, the security consultant disguised himself as an airline pilot for two years before he turned 21, a resident physician in Georgia for a year, Assistant Attorney General, Louisiana for 1 year and also a professor from Brigham Young University for 2 semesters. But many journalists claim that this is wrong. Abagnale is also a former convict. He was arrested by the NYPD in Westchester County for stealing from a local business and sentenced to three years in prison.
Abagnale began making his so-called true claims in 1977. He also claimed that after his release from prison, he had been on the run for five years from 1965 to 1970 – during which he worked as a pediatrician, assistant attorney general, etc. Frank Abagnale has also admitted to having made an “escape plane” through the toilet. He co-wrote a book, entitled “Catch Me If You Can,” which centers around all of his adventures. And, he even created shows and talk shows around this, despite protests over its cancellation.
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Frank Abagnale: Early Life and Conning
He was born Frank William Abagnale Jr., on April 27, 1948. His father is of Italian descent, and his mother is French. He spent 16 years in New Rochelle, New York until his mother and father separated. His father was rich and vocal about politics. Frank Abagnale claims he is his “role model”. Frank claims that he attended high school at Iona Preparatory School, but he’s not in the yearbook, and the alumni of his day don’t remember him either. He was imprisoned for a time (when he was 17-21 years old) on robbery charges, which coincided with the time he confessed to starting his con artist business. You can see why the claims might seem fictitious.
Ironically, his first victim turned out to be his own father. He gave his son a petrol credit card, a truck and ended up being responsible for 3,400 USD. Frank Jr. is only fifteen years old at this time. Its main cons include defrauding small business owners and individuals. He was arrested for the same from 1965 to 1974. He would take blank checks from victims and cash them. They were impossible to notice because he tore them from behind. After a light sentence, he went to Europe and committed a similar crime. He was even arrested by the FBI to face charges for stolen cars among others, in 1965.
He wanted to look more legitimate when he tricked people, and made himself a Pan American World Airways uniform, and told the company he was their pilot and had lost the uniform. Thus, he managed to get a pilot’s license as well. His teenage hair is already gray which helps in his general personality. All hotel fees and other charges are credited to the Airways account. Apparently, he even flies a plane – even though he doesn’t know how to fly a kite!
Under the name Frank Williams, he served as chief resident at Georgia Hospital. He had managed to become a fake resident in charge of apprenticeship. Frank never gets caught because he always lets passionate interns handle their own cases. He faked it until he almost made it – he left because he was afraid he would kill people when he could barely save the blue baby. This claim, however, was proven false by S. Hall, a journalist, in 1978.
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This in my opinion is one of his most “Extreme” cons, if he actually does it, apparently. According to him, he falsified Harvard law transcripts and passed the Lawyers Examination on the 3rd try. He got a job with the Louisiana State Attorney General’s office at the age of 19. He spent 8 months as a fake lawyer. However, this is also under extreme uncertainty as reports show that he was mostly in and out of prison from 1965 to 1974. Where did he find time to become a pilot, then a lawyer, then a doctor?
Become a Security Consultant
He was released in 1974 after spending 7 years in prison. But, on the condition that he will help the government – the police, the FBI and all – to investigate fraud and crimes and log in with the authorities once a week. He did not want to return to his family, so his parole was set in Houston, Texas. Frank tries many jobs, but cannot survive because of his criminal past, and also because he finds them unsatisfactory. Later, he started his job as a security consultant at a bank. He later founded Abagnale and Associates which helps companies with fraud problems, and Abagnale is still in touch with the FBI: he teaches at their academy. In fact, his son Scott is in the FBI himself. He claims that his wife Kelly was the reason his life changed.
Frank Abagnale: Net Worth
Currently, 72 years old, he has been in touch with the FBI for over 40 years. He is now a very successful businessman as well. His life story, “Catch Me If You Can” has been made into a film starring Leonardo Di Caprio and Tom Hanks. It is estimated that Frank has a net worth of around 10 million USD.
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