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Uruguayan Inmate Hacks Into U.S. Ambassador's Phone, Poses As Her In Messages

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 22:  A woman uses an Iphone at Apple's Fifth Avenue store on Earth Day in Midtown Manhattan on April 22, 2014 in New York City. The store is one of at least 120 Apple stores currently powered by renewable energy. To coincide with Earth Day, Apple announced it's offering free recycling of all of its used products. Employees wore green shirts for the occasion.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 22: A woman uses an Iphone at Apple's Fifth Avenue store on Earth Day in Midtown Manhattan on April 22, 2014 in New York City. The store is one of at least 120 Apple stores currently powered by renewable energy. To coincide with Earth Day, Apple announced it's offering free recycling of all of its used products. Employees wore green shirts for the occasion. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)  (2014 Getty Images)

A prisoner in Uruguay tapped into the U.S. ambassador's cellphone and sent messages to some of her contacts in an attempt to commit a still undisclosed fraud, authorities said Tuesday.

Officials said the inmate got Ambassador Julissa Reynoso's voice mail password and gained access to her voice messages.

"Using that, he got access to some messages left by some of my friends. And he was able to — I don't know how — send certain messages from prison to some of my contacts," Reynoso, who is in the U.S. accompanying Uruguayan President Jose Mujica on his official visit, told Uruguay's Canal 10 TV.

Reynoso played down the importance of the information accessed by the inmate, whose identity was not revealed. Canal 10 said the ambassador filed a complaint with Uruguay's interior ministry.

Officials at the U.S. Embassy declined to comment.

The case was first reported by FM Gente radio station in the southern city of Maldonado. The station said police discovered the inmate had access to the ambassador's phone while investigating him for other frauds committed while in prison.

Maldonado police spokesman Victor Iraola told The Associated Press that the radio station's information was correct, but he declined to provide details because the investigation was still underway.

Police declined to disclose the method used by the inmate to commit fraud using the information gathered from the ambassador's cellphone.

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