'Catch Me If You Can' con artist Abagnale hosts Q&A in Minneapolis


The scam artist that inspired Steven Spielberg's 2002 film "Catch Me If You Can" will take part in a question-and-answer session in Minneapolis next Tuesday, according to the Associated Press.

The appearance is part of opening night of the Broadway musical, inspired by the movie, at the Orpheum.

Frank Abagnale Jr., 64, who was played by Leonardo DiCaprio in the film, became notorious for impersonating a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer before the age of 21.

Abagnale was a master at creating counterfeit checks and IDs, defrauding banks for $2.5 million across 26 countries. The imposter was eventually arrested in 1969 by French police and served more than four years in federal prison.

He was later hired by the FBI to teach investigators his tricks.

The musical has a short run in Minneapolis, Dec. 11 through Dec. 16.

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