LAFAYETTE — A New Iberia woman is facing federal fraud charges in what prosecutors allege was a scheme that bilked at least 250 victims out of more than $1 million from 2007 through 2010, according to an indictment made public Thursday.
Prosecutors allege that Alice Latula, through her New Iberia business, Triple J’s Marketing, solicited victims across the U.S. for two schemes — one promising a 50 percent rate of return per month in a “Profit Sharing Opportunity” plan and another promising returns of $12,500 for every $30 paid, according to the indictment.
The indictment states that Latula, who worked under the aliases of Alice Mae Broussard-Latula, Mae Broussard, Julie Norris and Elkin Broussard, made solicitations in Internet chat rooms, on her company web sites, through word-of-mouth and over the telephone.
Two Internet sites listed in the indictment were no longer up on Thursday, but a 2009 archived version of one of the Internet sites – www.thirtydollarunit.com – promised $12,500 for every $30 that was paid.
The site pitched the program as an opportunity “to join a very special group of people that have the kind of money you have been seeking.”
“Are you prepared for the falling economy? Have patience?” the site read. “Can you afford to put $30.00 in a savings account? Why not put it into an account that will turn it into $12,500. ... The possibilities with this program are far reaching. It is growing by leaps and bounds.”
No attorney was listed for Latula in the court record.
One of the telephone numbers listed for Triple J’s Marketing in New Iberia was disconnected on Thursday, and a woman who answered the phone at another listing said it was the wrong number.
Latula is set to be arraigned on the charges on Jan. 15.