Former Florida Department of Health worker Rebekah Jones has turned herself over to authorities after it became known that she was to be arrested for an illegal intrusion into the state’s emergency messaging system.
Jones surrendered to the Leon County Detention Facility on Sunday evening. Breaking into the state system is a felony and if convicted, she could be sentenced to up to five years. Jones says she is innocent.
Her arrest follows a raid on her house and obviously, they found the proof they needed to indict her.
After Jones was fired for repeated acts of insubordination. But, she later claimed that she was fired for refusing to fake data for the state’s report.
DeSantis responded to her accusations by pointing out her insubordination and the fact that she altered the Department’s COVID-19 dashboard without input or approval from the epidemiological team or her supervisors.
She wrote a message after she highjacked the state’s notification site that said:
“Speak up before another 17,000 people are dead. You know this is wrong. You don’t have to be a part of this. Be a hero. Speak out before it’s too late.”
“Accuracy and transparency are always indispensable, especially during an unprecedented public health emergency such as COVID-19. Having someone disruptive cannot be tolerated during this public pandemic, which led the Department to determine that it was best to terminate her employment.”
“She’s not a data scientist. She’s somebody that’s got a degree in journalism, communication & geography. She is not involved in collating any data; she does not have the expertise to do that. She is not an epidemiologist; she is not the chief architect of our web portal; that is another false statement, and what she was doing was she was putting data on the portal which the scientists didn’t believe was valid data.”
“So she didn’t listen to the people who were her superiors; she had many people above her in the chain of command, and so then she was dismissed because of that and because of a bunch of different reasons about how she did.”
Jones claims that the raid on her house was retaliation for speaking out but authorities say that they were able to get a search warrant after the IP address associated with the illegal message belonged to her.