Clients have been added as targets to the extortion scheme originally aimed at Express Scripts, according to the giant St. Louis-based pharmacy benefits manager.
A small number of its clients have received extortion letters, demanding payment or else their members personal information will be exposed, according to a company news release.
Last week, Express Scripts disclosed it had itself received an extortion demand letter that threatened the disclosure of millions of records containing personal information of members of the PBM. The demand letter included personal data from 75 members, Express Scripts said.
The letters Express Scripts and its clients have received are similar in form, according to the release. The amount demanded of Express Scripts or its clients was not disclosed. Express Scripts said it immediately informed the FBI about the latest extortion demands and has offered a reward totaling $1 million for the person or persons who provide information resulting in the arrest and conviction of those responsible for these criminal acts. The PBM also said it will offer its members free identity-restoration services if they become victims of identity theft as a result of this incident. -- by Joseph Conn