Three charged with conspiracy to commit burglary in online dating scheme

Darrian Nicholson
Darrian Nicholson

FAIRFIELD — Three people were arrested Sunday morning, May 17, in Fairfield and charged with conspiracy to commit robbery.

Officers from the Fairfield Police Department and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office arrested Darrian Nicholson, age 22, Lydia Goff, age 21, and William Hiller, age 21.

According to a news release from the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office, the case against the three revolves around a scam they allegedly ran whereby Goff used online social media or dating websites to solicit “dates” with men. However, instead of a date, the men were the target of a robbery conducted by Goff, Nicholson and Hiller.

On the morning of May 17, the three were arrested following a traffic stop in Fairfield by both members of the Fairfield Police Department and Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies. A resident evidently believed he was hiring a prostitute for $200, when in fact Goff, Nicholson and Hiller planned to enter his residence and commit a robbery. Upon their arrest, all three were armed with knives.

“The vehicle was stopped outside the home of the target, and it is likely that the swift action of law enforcement prevented a violent act from occurring that morning,” said Jefferson County Attorney Chauncey Moulding.

After the arrest, authorities searched Goff’s residence and found evidence of an additional robbery, and additional felony charges are pending against the trio. Michael Hiller, brother of William Hiller, was found at the residence, and charged with a separate burglary unrelated to the robbery conspiracy involving the whole group.

Moulding said the full scope of criminal acts conducted by this group still is under investigation, and additional charges may arise. Those who believe they may have been the target of these individuals are urged to contact the Fairfield Police Department to facilitate the ongoing investigation.

“As the facts surrounding these assaults are understandably sensitive, any victims of these crimes are reminded that this reporting may be done confidentially,” Moulding said.

Conspiracy to commit Robbery is a Class C felony under Iowa law, and carries a maximum sentence of 10 years incarceration if convicted. Each defendant is being held at the Jefferson County Jail on a $10,000 bond.

A criminal charge is simply an accusation based on probable cause, and criminal defendants are innocent unless and until convicted in a court of law.