Carl Hanratty: Our unknown subject is a paperhanger who started working on the East Coast. In the last few weeks this unsub has developed a new form of check fraud which I'm calling
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Carl Hanratty:
Our unknown subject is a paperhanger who started working on the East Coast. In the last few weeks this unsub has developed a new form of check fraud which I'm calling "the float". What he's doing is opening checking accounts at various banks then chaning the MICR ink routing numbers at the bottom of those checks. Next slide, please. This is a map of the 12 banks of the U.S. Federal Reserve. Slide. MICR scanners at every bank read these numbers at the bottom of the check - slide - and they ship that check off to its corresponding branch.
Special Agent Witkins:
Carl, for those of us who are unfamiliar with bank fraud you mind telling us what the hell you're talking about?
Carl Hanratty:
The East Coast branches are numbered zero-one to zero-six. The central branch is zero-seven, zero-eight so on, so forth.
Special Agent Witkins:
You mean the numbers at the bottom of a check actually mean something?
Carl Hanratty:
All of this was in the report I filed two days ago. If you change a zero-two to a one-two that means a check, which was cashed in New York Federal Branch but it is rerouted all the way to San Francisco Federal Branch. The bank doesn't even know the check has bounced for two weeks, which means our unsub can stay in one place, paper the same city over and over again, while his checks circle the country.

Transcript:
In the last few weeks,
this unsub has developed
a new form of check fraud
which I'm calling "the float."
What he's doing is
he's opening checking accounts
at various banks
then changing the MICR ink
routing numbers
at the bottom of those checks.
Next slide, please.
(PROJECTOR CLANKS)
Next slide, please.
Uh, the remote thing is broken.
You'll have to do it by hand.
You've gotta...
try the...
Agent Mullen, it should be...
it should be the square button
just there by the side.
This carousel doesn't work.
It's a bad carousel
you got there.
Thank you, Agent Mullen.
Got to move it manually.
This is a map of the 12 banks
of the U.S. Federal Reserve.
Slide.
(CLICKING)
MICR scanners at every bank
read these numbers
at the bottom of a check...
slide...
and then, ship that check off
to its corresponding branch.
Carl, for those of us who are
unfamiliar with bank fraud
you mind telling us
what the hell
you're talking about?
The East Coast branches are
numbered zero-one to zero-six.
The central branch
is zero-seven, zero-eight
so on, so forth.
You mean those numbers
on the bottom of a check
actually mean something?
All of this was in the report
I filed two days ago.
If you change...
a zero-two to a one-two
that means that check,
which was cashed in New York
does not go to the New York
Federal Branch
but it is rerouted
all the way to the San Francisco
Federal Branch.
The bank doesn't even know the
check has bounced for two weeks
which means our unsub
can stay in one place
paper the same city
over and over again
while his checks
circle the country.
You know, you want
to talk to my wife.
She's the one balances
the checkbook at our house.
(AGENTS LAUGHING)
Next slide.
(THREE-PIECE COMBO
PLAYS SOFT JAZZ)
Daddy!
(CHUCKLING)
My son, the birdman.
Some uniform, Frank.
What do you think?
Nice.
Sit down.
(CLEARS THROAT)
So, Dad... Daddy, have you
gotten the postcards?
Of course.
This fork is ice cold.
No, no, Dad, th-that's
a chilled salad fork.
(WHISPERING)
It's a fancy restaurant, you know.
(SIGHING)
Well, here...
I-I got you something.
What's that?
Open it.
You know what those are, right?
Those are the keys
to a 1965 Cadillac
DeVille convertible.
Brand-new, Dad.
Red with white interior
split seats,
air conditioning, the works.
Are you giving me a Cadillac?
Yeah. I'm giving you
a Cadillac.
Dad, sh-she's parked
downstairs.
When we're done eating lunch
why don't you, you know,
drive on over to Mom's house
pick her up,
take a little joyride?
Do you know what would happen
if the IRS found out
I was driving around
in a new coupe?
I took the train here, Frank.
I'm taking the train home.
All right.
I have plenty of money.
You know, if you
ever, ever need anything...
You worried?
About me?
No, I'm not...
I'm not worried.
You think I can't
buy my own car?
Two mice fell in a
bucket of cream, Frank.
Which one am I?
You're that second mouse.
I went by the store today.
I had to close the
store for awhile.
It's all about timing, Frank.
The goddamn government
knows that.
They hit you when you're down.
I wasn't going to let them
take it from me, so I just...
shut the doors myself,
called their bluff.
Sooner or later,
they'll forget about me.
I understand, I...
Have you told Ma?

Clip duration: 247 seconds
Views: 84
Uploaded: 12 December, 2020
Genres: biography, crime, drama
Summary: A seasoned FBI agent pursues Frank Abagnale Jr. who, before his 19th birthday, successfully forged millions of dollars' worth of checks while posing as a Pan Am pilot, a doctor, and a legal prosecutor.


Actors

Carl Hanratty - Tom Hanks
Special Agent Witkins - Chris Ellis