One of all-time favorite movies is Catch Me If You Can, which retells the true story of Frank Abagnale, Jr., a slick con-artist who assumed the role of a lawyer, doctor, and Pan Am pilot (at different times) without any degree or formal training.
Yesterday, a respected cardiologist who lectured some of the country’s leading doctors was exposed as a fraud. He’s also a United Airlines pilot.
After some digging, the Associated Press found that William Hamman attended medical school for a few years, but never graduated. Hamman also claimed to have medical residency and 15 years of clinical experience. Nope. Turns out he didn’t.
But he is a genuine United Airlines pilot…at least for now. United has suspended him pending a review of his deception.
I am sure it was nice while it lasted, but I hope Hamman now finds out that it is always best to be honest.