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Fired Florida COVID-19 Data Scientist Turns Herself in On Arrest Warrant

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Fired Florida COVID-19 Data Scientist Turns Herself in On Arrest Warrant

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The former Florida Department of Health (DOH) data scientist who was fired in May last year for alleged insubordination, turned herself into police Sunday, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) said. Rebekah Jones, who has claimed that she was let go of by the department for refusing to manipulate pandemic figures for Florida officials, has been charged with one count of offenses against users of computers, computer systems, computer networks and electronic devices, the FDLE said. In its arrest warrant affidavit, the FDLE had proposed bond conditions of “no computer access, no internet access, and no contact with the witnesses or those people whose personal information was acquired through the download.” Her bond was set at $2,500 by a judge following a virtual court appearance Monday. The judge rejected the department’s request to fit Jones, 31, with a GPS tracking device, and to block her computer and internet access. …

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