It started as a theft investigation from the Sarpy County Sheriff's office and ended with major questions from the IRS and felony charges.
The case involves and Omaha couple.
The state alleges that the couple failed to report income over the course of four years totaling more than $250,000. Both Mitchell Lassek and Jill Lassek are facing several charges of tax evasion and tax fraud.
The Nebraska Department of Revenue alleges they never reported the income in question between 2009 and 2012.
Mitchell Lassek used to work at Supply Technologies in La Vista. He was branch manager. According to court documents he was fired in October of 2012.
Supply Technologies fills orders for fasteners, nuts and bolts used in things like the assembly of some satellite dishes and irrigation systems.
At first, the company thought the branch manager was selling extra nuts and bolts to a local scrap metal yard and pocketing the profits. Only then did the bosses hear of much bigger allegations and the word kickback.
Court documents obtained by Fact Finders indicate Mitchell Lassek denied everything about getting kickbacks but in those same documents an Ohio supplier said it paid him three-percent of purchases every month.
Investigators say in 2008, Lassek didn't want those checks in his name but made out to his wife, Jill Lassek. That's the basis for the criminal complaint, the kickback for the nuts and bolts with a percentage of sales sent to the supplier.
Supply Technologies said it knew nothing about it.
The government says the income from the kickbacks put into their personal bank accounts was never reported to the IRS and thus no taxes were ever paid.
The couple's attorney said they will contest the charges but he would not comment on the allegations.
The Lasseks are due in court for a preliminary hearing on May 7th.