Charges: Timberwolves employee stole high-ranking team official’s hard drive containing personal and work information

21 March 2024

A former Timberwolves employee has been charged with third-degree burglary after allegedly stealing a hard drive from a high-ranking team official’s office.

According to court documents, Somak Sarkar — who served as a coaching analyst for Minnesota — entered the office of Sachin Gupta, the Timberwolves’ executive vice president of basketball operations, on Feb. 3 and took a hard drive that was hooked into Gupta’s computer.

Somak Sarkar (Courtesy of the Hennepin County sheriff’s office)

The hard drive contained personal information such as tax and bank account information belonging to Gupta and his family and his social security number, as well as Timberwolves business information and “strategic NBA information.”

According to court documents, once Gupta discovered the hard drive was missing, security reviewed surveillance and discovered Sarkar had entered Gupta’s office. Sarkar was immediately fired.

Sarkar originally worked under Gupta’s watch until he was transferred to the coaching staff due to job performance.

Court documents say another team employee retrieved the hard drive from Sarkar, and the team then sent the hard drive and Gupta’s laptop to a computer forensic company. The Wolves found “over 5,000 files” were accessed and downloaded onto another device.

Sarkar was arrested on Monday, and the complaint says a search of his home found a device containing the information from Gupta’s hard drive.

According to court documents, Sarkar said he had the hard drive to “put some stuff on it” and forgot to return it.

Sarkar is being held in Hennepin County Jail on $40,000 bail with a court appearance set for Thursday.

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