February 27, 2012

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By Kathryn Kopchik


LEWISBURG, Pa. — Frank Abagnale, author of Catch Me If You Can, will speak at Bucknell University on Monday, April 9, at 7 p.m. in the Weis Center. [note new date]

The talk, sponsored by the Student Lectureship Committee, is free and open to the public as seating permits.

Members of the Bucknell community will be given priority seating; any remaining seats will be available to the general public beginning at 6:45 p.m.

Considered one of the world's most respected authorities on forgery, embezzlement and secure documents, Abagnale has worked with, advised and consulted with hundreds of financial institutions, corporations and government agencies around the world for more than 30 years.

More than 40 years ago, Abagnale was known as one of the world's most famous con men. 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.

His best-selling autobiography, Catch Me If You Can, was a 2002 film directed by Steven Spielberg with Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks. The Tony-Award winning musical of the same name opened on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre in April 2011.

Abagnale has been associated with the FBI for more 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 he was selected as the spokesperson for the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). He has written numerous articles and books including The Art of the Steal, The Real U Guide to Identity Theft and Stealing Your Life.

Contact: Division of Communications


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