Who Are Frank Abagnale’s Kids? Father Of Three Sons With Wife Kelly Anne Welbes

Frank Abagnale Jr. Is Father Of Three Sons With His Wife Kelly

For Frank Abagnale’s kids, he is a respectable and loving father, even if he may have had a conviction on fraud charges in the past.

The former felon-turned-security consultant and the author is the father of three sons, ScottChris & Sean with his wife, Kelly Anne Welbes.

All of Frank Abagnale Jr.’s children are grown-ups and they have a career & family of their own. Get further details on Abagnale’s sons & his relationship with them in this article.

Frank Abagnale Kids: Father Of Three Sons

With his wife of 47 years, Frank Abagnale Jr. welcomed three children, all sons: Scott, Chris, and Sean Abagnale. From his kids, he is the grandfather of seven grandchildren.

After three years of marriage, he welcomed his eldest son, Scott, born on January 1, 1979, who is 45 years old as of 2024.

Frank Abagnale Jr. shares three sons with his wife, Kelly Anne Welbes
Frank Abagnale Jr. shares three sons with his wife, Kelly Anne Welbes

Then, it followed the birth of Frank’s second & third sons, Chris and Sean, born in June 1981, and 1983 respectively. Each of the Abagnale brothers was born in a gap of two years.

Let’s get insights into their professional life and relationship.

Frank Jr.’s Oldest Son Is An FBI Agent And Father Of Three

Scott Abagnale was pursuing his career as an attorney until 2006 when he got an offer to join the FBI.

It was a proud moment for him and his father, Frank, who had been working with the FBI since the 1970s. His dad used to give lectures at the FBI Academy, and got attended some of his classes.

Now, Scott is the Unit Chief of the FBI’s Crisis Negotiations Unit.

A rare phenomenal moment of the father-duo collaboration was in the podcast “The Perfect Scam” in February 2020 to discuss “Virtual Kidnappings”.

Scott with his wife, Erica, and their kids
Scott with his wife, Erica, and their kids | Source: Facebook

Besides professional career success, he also enjoys a blissful married life with his wife of many years, Erica Goleman Abagnale (b. May 12, 1981). She is the daughter of Oklahoma residents, Rick and Julie Goleman.

Together, Scott and his wife, Erica, are parents of three kids- only two of them are known: son Caleb Quinn and daughter Paige McKenzie Abagnale. 

Erica Abagnale has been serving as the Director of Youth Ministry at St. William of York, a Catholic Church in Aquia Harbour, Virginia. A Catholic convert, she joined the ministry in 2017 and became its director in 2020.

Christopher (Middle Child) Runs A Clothing Line With His Wife

Frank’s, second-born of three, Christopher “Chris” Abagnale co-owns a boutique, House of Sage, with his wife, Erin Hogan Abagnale. They opened up the store in 2009 when they were in their mid-20s in George Street, South Carolina.

A decade later, in 2019, the couple opened up their boutique in a second location, in Charleston.

Chris Abagnale with his wife, Erin, and their son
Chris Abagnale with his wife, Erin, and their son | Source: Facebook

Together, Chris and his wife, Erin, share two children, a son and a daughter. However, they keep the details of their personal lives under wraps.

What Does Frank’s Youngest Son Do?

Abagnale Jr.’s youngest of three sons, Sean is a video game producer. He currently works for id Software (2018- now), according to his LinkedIn profile.

The 2006 graduate of The University of Kansas lived in Beijing, China for seven years from 2008 to 2016, working for Australian Business Link (2008-09), Teach For China (2009- 11)., and Glu Mobile (2012-16).

After four years at Glu Mobile in China, he transferred to its US-based branch in San Franciso in 2016. There, he worked for two years (until 2018) as a senior producer & product owner.

Frank Abagnale Jr.’s Criminal Past: How He Explained It To His Kids?

Frank’s book “Catch Me If You Can”, which became a basis for the  2002 film of the same name, is an interpretation of his life events when he wrote bogus checks and did frauds. Within a decade, his actions would catch the attention of the international police & FBI before he was arrested in 1971.

After serving 2 & a half years of his 12-year sentence, he got out on parole in 1974 on the condition that he would aid authorities in fraudulent cases.  The tide of his life has turned to normal since then.

While working for the FBI, he met his future wife, Kelly Anne Welbes, and married her in 1976. They welcome three sons. So, how does his sons view him?

In an interview with KUTV, Abagnale Jr. told how he explained his past to his kids. He gave his book ‘Catch Me if You Can,’ to each of his sons and they understood that it was about their dad.

Regardless of the past, Frank’s sons often get queries about their perceptions of their father. They said that they ‘always judged their father on how he treated their mother and how he treated them.’

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