Former fraudster and current FBI associate Frank Abagnale has one response for people—ranging in age from eight to 80—who, based on his fame as the subject of the book, film and Broadway play “Catch Me if You Can,” regularly compliment his intelligence.

“Had I been brilliant, I don’t know if I would have found it necessary to break the law just to survive,” Abagnale says now, during the opening keynote for the second annual Accounting Today & NCCPAP LITPS Accounting Technology Forum June 24-25 in Woodbury, N.Y.

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