Tack on nonpayment of wages to Sahashi's charge of embezzlement.
Sahashi has been charged with non-payment of wages. Says the Daily Yomiuri:
The Osaka Labor Bureau sent papers to prosecutors Monday on failed English language school operator Nova Corp. and its former president, Nozomu Sahashi, on suspicion of violating the Labor Standards Law for failing to pay wages to Nova workers.
According to the bureau, Sahashi, 56, is suspected of failing to pay 105 million yen in wages to 400 Nova workers.
Among the 400, 134 were Japanese staffers who did not receive salaries for September, totaling 33 million yen, and 266 were foreign instructors who received no wages for October, totaling 72 million yen.
Sahashi has claimed his failing to pay wages is not a violation of the law. He was quoted by labor officials as saying, "I feel responsible as the [former] president of the company, but I did what I could do, like putting my own money into the business."
The Sankei Shimbun has a quick rundown on the final 24 hours before his arrest on June 24.
The day before his arrest, Sahashi received a call from his lawyer informing him that the police wanted to question him. Sahashi traveled from Tokyo to Osaka and checked in at a cheap business hotel.
He met his lawyer and borrowed a notebook computer so he could write an apology to the staff and students. He typed out a one-page apology and wanted to print it, but the hotel didn't have a printer. He saved the file and gave the computer
back to his lawyer.
The next morning, the day of his arrest, he made his way to the Kita-ku ward office in Osaka where he met his lawyer. Sahashi was dressed in a white short, dark coat, red neck tie, and wore sunglasses. It was here that he printed out his apology and placed his seal on it. He prepared himself for the inevitable and said little.
He then drove with his lawyer to a location in the city where the police were waiting for him. Sahashi got into their car, leaving his sunglasses on.
The police station was swarming with reporters. Around 9AM, the car he was riding in slipped into the parking lot, offering only a glimpse of its passenger. The police began their questioning, and at 5:30PM, they arrested him for embezzling money from the Shayuukai fund. Shortly thereafter, they arrested Toshihiko Murata on the same charge.
Comment: Sahashi's fall from grace is all but complete. The man who had it all with a luxury "office" in Shinjuku now has nothing and will likely be calling the inside of a jail cell home in the near future.