Perhaps best known as the author of the best-selling book “Catch Me If You Can,” Abagnale has been associated with the FBI for more than three decades. His incredible story began in the 1960s when, between the ages of 16 and 21, he successfully impersonated an airline pilot, college professor, attorney and pediatrician and cashed millions of dollars in checks in every state and 26 countries. He was eventually caught and incarcerated, but after serving five years, he was released from prison and later assisted the federal government by training federal law enforcement agencies about tracking white collar criminals.

Today, more than 14,000 financial institutions, corporations and law enforcement agencies use Abagnale’s fraud prevention programs. He has written several articles and books, including “The Art of the Steal,” “The Real U Guide to Identity Theft” and “Stealing Your Life.” Made possible by the Volk Symposium Fund, the Beacom Opportunity Fund and USD Office of Student Life, Abagnale’s lecture is free and open to the public.

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The Volk Symposium honors the legacy of Arthur A. Volk, who joined the USD faculty in 1948. During his 36-year tenure at The U, he taught every accounting course offered by the school as well as other business courses. The Symposium was established as a fund to bring together students, academicians and business leaders for discussion of current topics of interest. For more information, go to

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