A Lafayette businesswoman has been indicted for her alleged role in a more than $1.2 million scheme. Federal authorities say the scheme involved plans to manufacture goods created from alligator hides from 2007 to 2008.

Catherine Romero is accused of defrauding investors out of their money, claiming that she would put it in land and a manufacturing facility and tannery that would be built in Scott, as well as the needed manufacturing equipment for the business. The indictment also alleges that Romero promised to buy an alligator farm and alligator hide tanning facility in Opelousas.

She faces wire fraud and money laundering charges. A trial is set for October 1st.