PHOTOS! Here are pictures Frank Abagnale Jr whose story became the film and book Catch Me if You Can. When Frank Abagnale Jr’s story in Catch Me if You Can was first told in 1980, it became a New York Times bestseller. Years later, it became the hit film led by Leonardo DiCaprio. Today his story is revisited on television.
In five years, Frank Abagnale Jr passed $2.5 million in fake checks in every state and 26 countries. He impersonated a Pan Am pilot. He got a job as a resident supervisor at a Georgia hospital. He faked being a lawyer getting a position at the Attorney General’s Office. He even taught a semester of sociology at Columbia.
“Modesty is not one of my virtues. At the time, virtue was not one of my virtues” he wrote. After five years in prison, he was released from jail on the condition to help the government write fraud prevention programs. Today Frank Abagnale Jr is a successful business man and his book is still in print.
More than 14,000 institutions today have used his fraud prevention programs.