On Friday, Citizen Stringer obtained court documents that tell a story of alleged sexual deviance and abuse of a minor, and fraud that sparked the recent search of the headquarters of Nexus Services in Verona, Virgina and other locations. On Wednesday, five people were arrested and charged for charges that center around defrauding the brother of Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz, but there is more to the Nexus story that has not been told yet.
The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office said Mike Donovan, the CEO of Nexus Services in Verona, Virginia, was arrested Wednesday after being indicted on fraud charges. The indictment states that the victim is Zachary Cruz, 22, who for several years has lived with Donovan and his spouse, Richard Moore, in Fishersville.
On Wednesday, the following individuals were taken into custody without incident, following search warrants that were executed at various locations in the county, including the corporate offices of Nexus Services in Verona.
- Michael Paul Donovan, 45: Obtaining money by false pretense; Conspiracy to commit felony.
- Richard Edward Moore, 45: Obtaining money by false pretense; Conspiracy to commit felony.
- Timothy Wayne Shipe, 36: Obtaining money by false pretense; Conspiracy to commit felony.
- Timothy Wayne Donovan, 67: Obstruction of justice without force.
Santos Vicente Putul-Ax,18: Obstruction of justice without force.
But court documents obtained by Citizen Stringer paint an even darker image of Moore, Donovan. The search warrant related to Zachary Cruz, was not the only search warrant executed.
Search warrant applications, inventories of what was seized, and affidavits of the alledged victim of sexual abuse was also noted. That investigation centers around a mother and son who spoke with the Augusta County Sheriff first in November of 2021 and then again in September of this year.
She alledges that her son was victimized by Moore and Donovan that began when he was only 16 and that the abuse lasted years.
In November, the mother of the alleged victim and the victim, who was 20-years-old at the time, sat down with Augusta County Sheriff Sam Smith and told him a story that spanned the country, and left her son victimized while in the clutches of the Nexus executives.
According to the affidavit, the mother reported that her son was first sexually abused by Richard Moore in a Las Vegas hotel room in March of 2018 when he was 16.
According to the mother, her son became friends with Sam Orlando, who lived with Moore and Donovan, while they all lived in Illinois. He son was a resident at the Eagle Ranch Academy, a residential treatment center.
The mother states that after her son left the Academy, Moore and two Nexus bodyguards picked them up and took the pair to Las Vegas.
Moore paid for the trip and the accommodations included a two story suite in the Bellagio Hotel and an additional room for the mother and son. Once there, Moore approached her son about making some extra money by consenting and engaging in sexual activity.
What follows in the affidavit concerning the events in the fancy hotel suite are claims that are too graphic to share after which, Moore accompanied the son back to his mother room, and informed him that he “could never tell anyone.”
The group, flew to New York where they stayed in the Trump Towers. There, the son meet Orlando and they shared a room on the fourth floor of the hotel and the two engaged in “sexual stuff.”
After the initial encounter in the hotel room in Las Vegas, the family was invited to move to Virginia, and the mother was offered a job and began working for Nexus.
According to the affidavit, once in Virginia, the son visited the home shared by Moore, Donovan and Orlando often. and just weeks after the New York trip, during a visit to the home he was called into the bedroom shared by Moore and Donovan.
According to the affidavit, that is when Donovan joined in on the sexual abuse, and gave his permission for him to have sex with Moore while he was in the room so that he could “watch.”
The document states that the son claims the abuse continued for two years. He was afraid that the pair would not allow him to continue to see Orlando if he did not engage in the sexual activities, but that when he was almost 19-years-old he “put his foot down and said no more.”
The son stated that on one occasion, he texted Donovan and asked if he could come over to visit Orlando. Donovan replied, “Are you coming over to see me, or the kids?”
When he replied that he was coming to visit “the kids” Donovan said that he was not allowed to come over.
During the interview with the Sheriff, the son stated “that he simply wanted Moore and Donovan to own up to what they did to him.”
“It was very rude and discussing,” he stated, “I want honesty and accountability, which is very hard to get out of these two.”
The son claims that during the two years of abuse, he had between 50-150 sexual encounters with Moore and 30-90 with Donovan. He also claims that both were together 20-70 times.
When directly asked by the Sheriff Smith if he ever had intercourse with Donovan or Moore, he stated, “Yes, they would take turns with me or one would sit in the chair and watch the other one.”
According to the affidavit, “During the interview with Sheriff Smith, (the son) stated there are surveillance cameras as the home on Windsong and at the Nexus Complex. (The son) believed the cameras are always on.”
The search warrants that were executed on three different locations swept up every electronic devices, thumb drives, cell phones, and surveillance equipment that they could find.
Several pages of inventory sheets listing everything that seized shows the wide net that law enforcement cast on Wensday when they executed the search warrants.
Both Donovan and Moore have extensive criminal histories and both are subject to multiple lawsuits and investigations, and Moore is currently on bail for pending federal income tax fraud charges.
It is of note that neither Moore or Donovan have been charged yet with any crimes related to the claims made in the affidavit, and that the investigation is ongoing.