Catch him if you can Moravian Manor nabs famous former con man for event

By on March 22, 2012

Frank Abagnale

Frank W. Abagnale, one of the world’s most respected authorities on forgery, embezzlement and secure documents, will be the keynote speaker for this fall’s Engaging Community Dinner, an annual event sponsored by Moravian Manor of Lititz.

It will be held at the Lancaster Marriott on Penn Square Sept. 24 at 7:15 p.m.

For more than 30 years, Abagnale has worked with, advised and consulted with hundreds of financial institutions, corporations and government agencies around the world. His rare blend of knowledge and expertise began more than 40 years ago when he was one of the world’s most famous con men. This was depicted most graphically in his best-selling book, "Catch Me If You Can," which was made into a film, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks. A Tony-Award winning musical version, directed by Jack O’Brien, opened on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre in April 2011.

Between the ages of 16 and 21, Abagnale 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. He was eventually apprehended and 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.

More information regarding the 2nd Annual Engaging Community Dinner, featuring Frank W. Abagnale and his captivating story, will be available in the coming months.

Engaging Community builds upon community focus by offering quality educational, inspirational and entertaining programs to increase the awareness of Moravian Manor’s mission and role throughout Lancaster County and beyond. More ABAGNALE, page A7

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