Americans (in Trouble) Abroad

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Steven Spielberg, Frank Abagnale and Leonardo DiCaprio at the premiere of "Catch Me If You Can"Kevin Winter/ImageDirect

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Frank Abagnale

Frank Abagnale's story was the inspiration for the film Catch Me If You Can (and the autobiography of the same name). As a longtime con man, Abagnale cashed millions in bad checks and "worked" various jobs – pilot, doctor, security guard, teacher – to make money. He was arrested in France in 1969 and served six months' jail time there, followed by six months in Sweden and four years in the U.S. He's now a security fraud specialist. [Tru TV]

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