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An imprisoned mobster on trial for manslaughter in Chiba phoned the family of a former deputy mayor also behind bars and swindled them out of 13 million yen last spring by having them deposit the money into an account ostensibly for bail, police said Tuesday.

Hiroyuki Kuwabara, 32, is suspected of obtaining a cellular phone from a guard in the Chiba prison and tricking the family of Akira Kawai, former deputy mayor of Kamagaya in Chiba Prefecture, into transferring the sum into the account after identifying himself as an employee of a law firm.

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