Frank Abagnale’s life reads like a Hollywood movie, which isn’t surprising, seeing as it was the basis for the 2002 film “Catch Me if You Can,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks. Abagnale spend his formative years defrauding just about everyone. He conned people into believing he was an airline pilot, an attorney, a college professor and a pediatrician, and cashed $2.5 million in fraudulent checks before being capture by French police. He was 21. As payment for his crimes, Abagnale became an advisor and consultant with the FBI and over the past 35 years has work with more than 14,000 financial institutions, corporations and law enforcement agencies to create successful fraud prevention programs. Because, who would know better, right?
Abagnale will be in town this week as a speaker for the San Joaquin Valley Town Hall lecture series. We have tickets to the Wednesday-morning lecture at the William Saroyan Theatre. The show starts at 10:30 a.m.
To enter, just leave a comment on this post. Give us your best con-man (or woman) story. This is a quick contest. The deadline for entry is noon tomorrow. Winners will be chosen by random and notified that afternoon. One comment per person, please. I’ll be informing winners via email, so check yours. Also: Keep in mind these are physical tickets, so if you are a winner, you’ll need to pick up the tickets at The Fresno Bee office (1626 E. St.) between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Rules are on the jump.
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