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Rebekah Jones to stand trial on cyber security charges in January

Woman sits in front of a pair of computer monitors on a stand and a keyboard.
Rebekah Jones oversaw the statewide dashboard for COVID-19 data. She was fired for insubordination and is scheduled to stand trial in January 2023 on allegations that she improperly accessed a department computer system.

The former Florida Department of Health data analyst drew national attention after defying Governor Ron DeSantis over COVID-19 data. She is running for a Northwest Florida congressional seat in the November election.

Former Florida Department of Health data analyst Rebekah Jones, who drew national attention when she said Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration manipulated COVID-19 data, is scheduled to stand trial in January on allegations that she improperly accessed a department computer system.

The trial is scheduled to start Jan. 23 in Leon County circuit court, according to a notice posted this week in an online docket.

Jones, who is running for a Northwest Florida congressional seat in the November election, was fired from her Department of Health job in May 2020. She was charged in January 2021 with illegally accessing the computer system in November 2020.

Authorities accused her of sending a message on an internal Department of Health multi-user messaging account.

“It’s time to speak up before another 17,000 people are dead. You know this is wrong. You don’t have to be part of this. Be a hero. Speak out before it’s too late,” the message said. Jones denied sending the message.

In unsuccessfully seeking a dismissal of the case, her attorneys said the system was used by multiple people who shared a username and password.

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