AARP Brings Former Conman Frank Abagnale to Hawai‘i to Share Information

Kevin Kawamoto
Special to The Hawai‘i Herald

Frank Abagnale Jr. was a teenager when he ran away from home to avoid a custody dispute between his parents and chose to live a life of crime to support himself. He cashed bad checks and impersonated an airline pilot, a medical doctor and a lawyer and became a fugitive of the FBI. Abagnale was eventually caught and served time in prison in Europe and the United States.

“I always knew I’d get caught,” he told the audience that packed the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i’s Manoa Grand Ballroom on Oct. 18. “Only a fool would think otherwise.”

Abagnale was in Hawai‘i to speak at a free seminar sponsored by AARP Hawaii titled, “Learn to Fight Fraud with Ex-Conman Frank Abagnale.” Many of those in attendance had also taken in the free showing of “Catch Me If You Can,” Steven Spielberg’s 2002 movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Abagnale and Tom Hanks as an FBI agent in hot pursuit of him.

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