Carrie Neighbors, an owner of the former Yellow House Store in Lawrence serving an eight-year federal prison sentence for convictions in a wire fraud and conspiracy case, has filed a lawsuit in Douglas County District Court against the Kansas University Police Department and a detective, Michael Riner.
The suit, which Neighbors filed without an attorney, alleges there was no jurisdiction for federal obstruction charges to be filed against Neighbors in connection with an investigation into a laptop stolen from the KU campus, and she also accuses Riner of falsely testifying in the case.
Neighbors was convicted in a stolen goods case, and she and her husband, Guy Neighbors, have accused prosecutors and police of corruption.
“We will vigorously defend this case in court,” said Jill Jess, a KU spokeswoman. “But it’s important to note that a federal jury convicted this plaintiff of 12 counts of wire fraud, three counts of money laundering and one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, mail fraud and money laundering. The Court of Appeals just last month affirmed that conviction.”