Private financial information about as many as 50,000 Wells Fargo clients was accidentally sent to a former financial adviser after his attorney had subpoenaed the bank about an unrelated matter, according to The New York Times. The files were also said to include extensive information on Wells Fargo’s employee advisors, including their performance, compensation and client lists.

The lawyer for ex-Wells Fargo Advisors broker Gary Sinderbrand — who worked at the firm from 2008 to 2013, according to FINRA BrokerCheck records — had been seeking documents related to a defamation case, the Times said. What arrived instead was a CD with about 1.4 gigabytes of information, including Social Security numbers and the details of investment portfolios of some of bank's wealthiest clients.

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