Big Speaker: Frank Abagnale

Posted on April 14th, 2011 by

This year the Campus Activities Board is privileged to have the opportunity of bringing Mr. Frank Abagnale to campus. On Tuesday, May 3rd, he’ll share his story of adventure, quick decision, and most importantly the road to redemption.

“Frank W. Abagnale is one of the worlds most respected authorities on forgery, embezzlement and secure documents. For over 30 years he has worked with, advised and consulted with hundreds of financial institutions, corporations and government agencies around the world.

Mr. Abagnale’s rare blend of knowledge and expertise began more than 40 years ago when he was known as one of the world’s most famous confidence men. This was depicted most graphically in his best-selling book, ‘Catch Me If You Can,’ a film of which was also made, directed by Steven Spielberg with Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks. Between the ages of 16 and 21, he successfully posed as an airline pilot, an attorney, a college professor and a pediatrician, in addition to cashing $2.5 million in fraudulent checks in every state and 26 foreign countries. Apprehended by the French police when he was 21 years old, he served time in the French, Swedish and U. S. prison systems. After five years he was released on the condition that he would help the federal government, without remuneration, by teaching and assisting federal law enforcement agencies.

Frank Abagnale

Mr. Abagnale has now been associated with the FBI for over 30 years. More than 14,000 financial institutions, corporations and law enforcement agencies use his fraud prevention programs. In 1998 he was selected as a distinguished member of “Pinnacle 400″ by CNN Financial News – a select group of 400 people chosen on the basis of great accomplishment and success in their fields. In 2004 Mr. Abagnale was selected as the spokesperson for the National Association of Insuracance Commissioners (NAIC). He has also written numerous articles and books including ‘The Art of the Steal,’ ‘The Real U Guide to Identity Theft and Stealing Your Life.'”

Tickets can be purchased online at or at the SAO Information Desk.

Students – Free (Available Now)
Public – $5.00 (Available April 25)

Following the event there will be time for questions as well as a meet and greet/book signing.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact Erik Velgersdyk, CAB Speakers Executive.


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