Frank William Abagnale, Jr. (born April 27, 1948) is a former cheque con artist, forger and imposter who, for five years in the 1960s, passed bad cheques worth more than $2.5 million in 26 countries. During this time, he used eight aliases — even more to cash bad cheques. Currently he runs Abagnale and Associates, a financial fraud consultancy company. His life story provided the inspiration for the feature film Catch Me if You Can, based on his ghostwritten biography of the same name.
Born and raised in the Westchester County city of New Rochelle, New York, he was the third of four children born to a French mother, Paula Abagnale, and an American father, Frank William Abagnale,