Leon Circuit Judge Won't Dismiss Case Against Rebekah Jones
The former Florida data scientist is accused by authorities of illegally accessing a Department of Health computer system.
A Leon County circuit judge has refused to dismiss a criminal case against a former state employee who claimed she was asked to manipulate COVID-19 data.
Judge Francis Allman in Tallahassee didn't explain his reasons for rejecting a motion to dismiss on Tuesday.
Jones helped build the state’s online presentation of its COVID-19 data until she was fired.
She has been accused by authorities of illegally accessing a Florida Department of Health computer system. She has been charged with one count of offenses against users of computers, computer systems, computer networks and electronic devices.
In a motion to dismiss the case, her attorneys said the system was used by multiple people who shared a username and password.
She received national attention last year when she claimed department managers wanted her to manipulate information to paint a rosier picture of Florida’s coronavirus situation.
Jones was fired from her position last May.
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