The state inspector general who investigated allegations he made Rebecca Jones, The former employee of the Ministry of Health, who said she was fired for refusing to manipulate COVID-19 data, concluded that her allegations were “unfounded” or “unfounded.”
The Health Department’s inspector general’s report “acquitted” three senior Department of Health employees who directed Jones to restrict certain information that appeared on the state’s COVID-19 dashboard.
Jones, who claimed to have pushed for data manipulation to support reopening the state in the early months of the pandemic, has gained massive media attention and support from Democratic politicians such as the Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried When the allegations were first brought against the Gov. rune DeSantis.
Jones is currently doing a challenge for the United States Representative. Matt Gates for his Republican seat in Northwest Florida in Congress.
The inspector general’s report and findings were first reported by NBC News’ Mark Caputo.
The report looked at four main allegations, including whether she had been ordered to falsify positivity rates and whether two senior Health Department officials wanted to calculate false positivity rates on the state’s dashboard. The inspector general found that there was “insufficient evidence” to prove or disprove the conduct and that the allegation about those responsible was unfounded.
The IG report did not examine Jones’ allegations that the DeSantis administration covered up Covid deaths.
The inspector general also authorized the actions of three Ministry of Health officials by saying that while access to essential data on the dashboard was restricted, this action was not in violation of any “control directive.”
Immediate attempts to contact Jones on Thursday night were unsuccessful.
Material released Thursday shows that Jones has released her lengthy refutation of the findings claiming that the IG investigation looked into whether internal data had been manipulated rather than released the information to the public to mislead them.
“Evidence presented in all reports shows repeated efforts by state bureaucrats to minimize the risk of reopening the state at great cost to the people of Florida; there was a common concern among staff in the Department of Health at the time and later realized in the deadly rise in cases that began after the state rushed to reopen He opened it, when all the evidence and data said the state was not ready for such a move,” Jones wrote.
NBC reported that Jones’ attorney, Rick Johnson Confirms that the former employee of the Ministry of Health will continue to pursue her wrongful termination claim in court and that the findings of the independent inspector general’s report do not affect her claim.
“It’s simple: She was fired for refusing to manipulate Covid data,” Johnson told NBC, noting that his client had issued a lengthy rebuttal to the administration earlier this year when it released its preliminary findings, which were confidential.
Jones, who was fired from her position at the Department of Health in May 2020, is no stranger to controversy.
The FDLE was investigating her shortly after her release after discovering that someone had illegally accessed the Florida Department of Health’s computer system.
In December, Jones posted a video to her Twitter account showing FDLE agents executing an arrest warrant, yelling at her and brandishing their weapons. This post has gone viral.
The state’s top law enforcement agency said customers waited at the door for more than 20 minutes for Jones to respond. They eventually released video footage of an officer’s corpse showing this to be the case.
She is facing a felony charge of illegally entering a computer system and accused of sending a message on an internal multi-user messaging system of the Ministry of Health.
Jones also has an unrelated stalking charge stemming from an affair she had with a student while working at Florida State University.
This is the IG report: