It could soon be a very empty house for Lori Loughlin and her designer husband as a third family member is now the focus of a Department of Justice probe for her involvement in the college admission scandal that ensnared the actress.
Multiple sources tell DailyMail.com that one of the actress’ daughters received a target letter from federal prosecutors in Massachusetts earlier this month regarding the Operation Varsity Blues investigation.
That letter informed the embattled University of Southern California student that she was the subject of an investigation which could result in criminal charges.
No students have been charged or arrested at this point in the investigation, but court documents make it clear that some of the youngsters were aware of the illegal actions being carried out in their behalf.
‘It is a not-so-veiled threat,’ said one source who has seen the letter.
‘[The US Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts] is making it pretty clear that they have evidence that very strongly suggests she knew of the illegal plot.’
The sources DailyMail.com spoke with only knew about one of the daughters getting a letter, the tone of which was described as ‘ominous.’
That letter failed to bring Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli to the bargaining table however, with the pair entering a not guilty plea on Monday to charges of mail fraud and money laundering.
A lawyer for Loughlin did not respond to a request for comment, and it is not clear if her daughter has sought separate counsel.
A spokesperson for the US Attorney’s office declined comment.
Shortly after their not guilty plea, their eldest daughter Isabella Giannulli deactivated her Instagram account.
One of the sources said that target letters have been going out for the past month as prosecutors work to obtain evidence in the case and pursue additional charges and defendants.
These latest target letters seem be less concerned with gathering information in the case said that source, who described the notes as ‘warning shots’ to the students.
‘It is clear that some students are going to be charged,’ said the first source.
That individual then added that they know five people who have received letters similar to Loughlin’s daughter, noting that in all five cases the parent/s refused a plea deal and later filed a plea of not guilty.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Chris Spargo