As one of the world’s top imposters, Frank Abagnale pretended to be an airline pilot, attorney and college professor, all while passing fraudulent checks around the world.

His crimes were chronicled in the 2002 movie “Catch Me if You Can,” which starred Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Attendees of the International Roofing Expo will have a chance to “catch” Abagnale Feb. 26, 2014, when he delivers the show’s keynote address.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to hear Frank Abagnale discuss his incredible life story,” said expo group director Lindsay Roberts. “As one of the world’s most respected authorities on preventing fraudulent business practices, his message is compelling, motivating and entertaining.”  

Abagnale was captured by French authorities in 1969 after cashing more than $2.5 million in fake checks around the world. He served time in French, Swedish and U.S. prisons — escaping at least twice — before becoming a security and fraud consultant.

“Frank Abagnale is a truly special speaker to have at our event,” said Bill Good, executive vice president of the National Roofing Contractors Association, the show’s official sponsor. “I have no doubt that our members will learn a great lesson from his story, as well as be greatly entertained.”

The roofing show will take place Feb. 26-28 at the Mandalay Bay convention center in Las Vegas. Details are available at