Phone prank at Lexington hotel might be linked to Prankster Internet ring

Lexington police are investigating a local incident that might be connected to an international prank-calling ring.

Police say the victim, an employee at the Homewood Suites hotel on Ruccio Way, off Reynolds Road, was "intentionally exposed to an unknown substance by an unknown person without her knowledge" on July 20.

The report calls the incident first-degree wanton endangerment, which is considered a Class D felony in Kentucky.

Detective Shannon Garner declined to confirm the validity of an article on The Smoking Gun's Web site that broke the story but referred the Herald-Leader to audio of the phone call in question, which is posted next to the online article.

According to the article, the prank caller is nicknamed "Prankster" and is a part of an international prank-calling ring called Pranknet, whose members have spent the last year engaging in acts of vandalism, threats, harassment, impersonation and hacking.

The Smoking Gun says the members of Pranknet, whose founder lives in Windsor, Ontario, congregate in an Internet chat room and broadcast their prank calls live on the Web.

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