Former Florida based data scientist, Rebekah Jones was booked by the police on the charges of hacking into the state’s emergency response system who later was confirmed positive for COVID-19 in the jail.
Reports say that Rebekah Jones was fired from the State’s Department of Health in May for her refusal to alter coronavirus data.
Her attorney, Steve Dobson is also reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 after she was booked into the Leon County Detention Facility, and got tested positive on Monday.
She is booked for the charges of illegally accessing Florida’s emergency alert health system and sending messages urging the staff who were dealing with the pandemic to “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,” the message read.
For the incident, authorities raided Jones’ home back in December and seized her computers and other data equipment.
Jones who was a vocal critic of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ handling of the pandemic and questioned the validity of the state’s COVID data and maintained her innocence.
In a statement on Twitter Saturday, she said that there was a warrant for her arrest and that she would surrender to protect her family from continued police violence.
Rebekah Jones’s accused for unauthorized access which carries an imprisonment sentence of up to 5 years. Also, she has been put up for a bond of $2,500 followed by her recent court appearance.