SU alum Rebekah Jones turning self in for arrest warrant in Florida

Joanna Estrada
January 18, 2021

Jones made national headlines in May when she went public with accusations that FDOH fired her when she said, she was asked but refused to manipulate COVID case numbers around the same time Governor DeSantis announced plans to reopen businesses in the state.

"Agents believe someone at the residence on Centerville Court illegally accessed the system", Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger said.

Rebekah Jones, the fired Florida Department of Health data scientist-turned-whistleblower, said Saturday she will be "turning herself in" to Florida police on Sunday after a warrant was issued for her arrest.

Jones tweeted on Sunday morning that "insurrectionists planning attacks across the country this week and Florida is jailing scientists for the crimes of knowing and speaking". Jones maintains her innocence and says she didn't send the message.

She has been an outspoken critic of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and state health agencies on social media since she was sacked. "He will not silence those who speak out".

The officers were serving a warrant for Jones's electronic equipment obtained after the Department of Health (DOH) filed a complaint related to an unauthorized user accessing DOH's messaging system last month. They said Jones illegally accessed the state system, sending emails to approximately 1,750 people.

DeSantis has defended the state's handling of the case. You know this is wrong.

Jones was sacked as data manager for the Florida Department of Health last May.

Jones soon sued over the raid, after she claimed law enforcement pointed guns at her son, age 11, and her daughter, 2.

She said she's doing so in response to a recent warrant issued for her arrest.

The message that led to the search warrant implored employees still at the Health Department 'to speak up before another 17,000 people are dead.

Jones is a former Florida Department of Health employee who was sacked in May for insubordination after violating department policy several times about communicating with the media.

As a Department of Health employee, she was paid an annual salary of almost $48,000.

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