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Frank Abagnale

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Schofield Auditorium

7:30 p.m.

Topic  >  Catch Me If You Can


One of the world’s most respected authorities on forgery, embezzlement and secure documents, Frank Abagnale has worked with and advised hundreds of financial institutions, corporations and government agencies around the world for more than 35 years. His rare blend of knowledge and expertise began when he was known as one of the world’s most famous con men. Beginning at age 16 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. Captured when he was 21, 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 U.S. government, without remuneration, by teaching and assisting federal law enforcement agencies.

Abagnale has now been associated with the FBI for over 35 years. More than 14,000 financial institutions, corporations and law enforcement agencies use his fraud prevention programs. In 1998 he was selected by CNN Financial News as a distinguished member of Pinnacle 400 — a select group of 400 people chosen on the basis of great accomplishment and success in their fields. In 2004 Abagnale was selected as the spokesperson for the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and the National Cyber Security Alliance. He has also written numerous articles and books including The Art of the Steal: How to Protect Yourself and Your Business from Fraud (2001), Real U Guide to Identity Theft (2004) and Stealing Your Life: The Ultimate Identity Theft Prevention Plan (2007).

His bestselling 1980 autobiography, Catch Me If You Can, was adapted for a 2002 film directed by Steven Spielberg with Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks. A 2011 Broadway adaptation was nominated for four Tony Awards, including Best Musical.




$8  General Public
$6  UW System Faculty/Staff • Age 62 & Over
$4  UW System Student • Age 17 & Under
Student tickets are $2 until the day of the event
All seats are general admission

A typical Forum program includes a 60-minute lecture and a 30-minute question-and-answer session, followed by an informal open reception. The reception for this event will take place in the Dakota Ballroom, Davies Center 340. Books will be sold by the University Bookstore for signing by the speaker during the reception.

This event will be signed for the deaf and hard of hearing. Assistive listening devices and large-print programs are also available upon request.

The Forum is funded by the students of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Wisconsin Public Radio and WHYS Radio have contributed generous promotional support.