Con Man Who Inspired Major Movie Speaks At TCC Second Chance Dinner

Wednesday, July 25th 2012, 10:59 pm

By: News On 6

Two people with Tulsa ties used their past mistakes to help give others a second chance Wednesday.

Tulsan Frank Abagnale's career as a con man inspired Leonardo DiCaprio's character in the movie Catch Me If You Can.

Abagnale now works with the FBI to prevent fraud.

He was the keynote speaker at tonight's TCC's Second Chance Scholarship Dinner, which helps prisoners take college classes.

"I had to get my GED in prison, I had to go to college in prison," Abagnale said. "If I can take what was very negative and turn it into something very positive with all the exposure I had, then certainly somebody who just broke the law and was involved with some drugs, robbed a car, robbed a store, served their time, they should be able to come out and do something positive with their lives."

Former track star and Tulsa Shock player Marion Jones emceed the event.

She'll speak at Thursday's graduation at The Conner Correctional Center in Hominy.

Jones lost her record five Olympic medals after she admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs.


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