SAN DIEGO--The FPA Experience 2011 annual conference here this week had one of the most colorful Americans in recent history as its first keynote speaker: Frank Abagnale Jr., the notorious imposter and check counterfeiter featured in the hit film, "Catch Me If You Can."

His appearance Thursday afternoon was aptly timed, given the renewed spotlight on banks’ risk controls sparked by news of $2 billion in rogue trading losses at UBS.

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