Frank W. Abagnale is one of the world's most respected authorities on the subject of forgery, embezzlement and secure documents.
For twenty-two years, he has lectured to, and consulted with, hundreds of financial institutions, corporations and government agencies around the world.
Mr. Abagnale lectures extensively at the FBI Academy and for the FBI's field offices. He is a past faculty member of the American Bankers Association's Security Officers School. More than 14,000 financial institutions, corporations and law enforcement agencies use his fraud prevention programmes.
Mr Abagnale's rare blend of knowledge and expertise began to develop in his teenage years. More than thirty years ago, he was known as the "Great Impostor," one of the world's most famous professional cheque writers whose career in crime has been depicted in the best-selling book and later Hollywood Movie, "Catch Me If You Can". He cashed $2.5 million in fraudulent checks in every US state and 26 foreign countries over a five-year period. Between the ages of 16 and 21, he successfully posed as a pilot, an assistant attorney-general, a college professor and a pediatrician. Apprehended by the French police when he was 21 years old, he served time in the French, Swedish and US prison systems. After five years, he was released on the condition that he would, without remuneration, help the US government write policies and procedures to curtail white-collar crime.
Mr. Abagnale believes that punishment for fraud and recovery of stolen funds is rare, and that prevention is the only valuable course of action.