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Detroit — A federal prison guard was freed on $10,000 bond Monday after being accused of pocketing bribes from inmates.

Newport resident John Jake Froehly, 36, a guard at the federal prison in Milan, accepted an unspecified amount of money in July 2013 for smuggling contraband items into the prison, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Froehly also allegedly accepted cash in exchange for promising to help an inmate get transferred to a lower security prison.

If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in federal prison.

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