Q&A: Fraudster Frank Abagnale offers IT security advice

Nobody cares about ethics, says the Catch Me If You Can man

You dedicated the book to Joseph Shea, the FBI agent whose mission it was to arrest you. Why?

He and I were friends for 30 years; he died at the age of 88 just about a year ago. He was a great help up until his death. I watched his two daughters grow up and get married; I attended their weddings. He watched my children grow up. He was obviously a big part of my life in getting me out of prison and getting me to work with the government. He was someone who saw that I had something to offer and he was very big on helping me do that. I think when he started out, he thought I was some master criminal and he was going to catch me, but when he came to the realization that I was just a kid and I was a runaway, being a father, he had a lot more compassion.

Any regrets?

Obviously, I wish I hadn't lived the life I started out living, and I wish I could live that over. But I can't do that.

On the other hand, one could argue that if you hadn't done that, you wouldn't have been able to accomplish what you have in the past 32 years. That's true. It's a life I wouldn't want to have to live over again, even though I know where it's brought me today. But I believe there's a purpose and a reason things happen, and I'm just very fortunate that I grew up in a great country where you get a second chance to start your life over again and do something with it.

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