Catch Me If You Can conman Frank Abagnale Jr. lied about his lifetime of lies, sources claim

Frank W. Abagnale Jr. was annoyed.

The Times of London had reviewed my 2019 book about serial liars, Duped, and a photo of Leonardo DiCaprio in full pilot regalia accompanied the piece.

It was the famous still from Catch Me if You Can, Steven Spielberg’s 2002 film inspired by Abagnale’s best-selling memoir from 1980.

Via email, the “reformed” con artist and author — who now advises businesses, banks, department stores and the FBI on fraud prevention and cybercrime — wanted me to know that it bothered him that “everyday someone writes an article about a bank robbery, forgery, con artist, or even cybercrime and they refer to me.

“The crime I committed was writing bad checks,” he wrote. “I was 16 years old at the time. I served five years total in prisons in Europe and the US Federal prison system. In 1974, after serving 4 years in federal prison, the government took me out of prison to work for the FBI. I have done so now for more than 43 years.”

He added that he had repaid all of his debts.

His distress surprised me.

Abagnale never seemed embarrassed by his past — not on To Tell the Truth nor The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson nor in high-paying speaking gigs around the country.

His grifter-made-good story was a huge selling point.

According to both Abagnale himself and his autobiography, in the mid-1960s and early ’70s, when he was between 16 and 21, he had impersonated a Pan Am pilot, flying some 3,000,000 miles to 82 countries for free.

He claimed to have posed as a doctor in Marietta, Georgia, a sociology professor at Utah’s Brigham Young University, and a lawyer in the lawyer general’s office in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

During that period, he allegedly cashed 17,000

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