A Florida whistleblower whose home was raided after she was fired from her job managing the state’s COVID-19 dashboard, has raised nearly $200,000 to cover her legal fees and other expenses.
Rebekah Jones launched a GoFundMe page after armed Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) officers executed a search warrant Monday at her home in Tallahassee.
“Looks like I need a new computer and a hell of a good lawyer,” Jones wrote on the page, which had raised $190,000 within 24 hours of launching on Tuesday.
Jones — who has claimed she was canned for refusing to doctor COVID-19 figures — cryptically added that the money raised may go towards supporting her family if she’s no longer in the picture.
“If governor manages to invent something to lock me away, my family will need help,” wrote Jones, who has spoken out against Gov. Ron DeSantis’ handling of the pandemic.
Authorities said Jones is under investigation for an alleged hack of the Department of Health’s messaging alert system used for emergencies, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported.
They claim someone used the alert system from Jones’ home on Nov. 10 to send a message that stated, “It’s time 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,” the message continued. “Be a hero. Speak out before it’s too late.”
Jones — who has claimed she was canned for refusing to doctor COVID-19 figures — denied hacking the system.
“I have never had access to that system,” she told the Sun Sentinel. “I am not a hacker. I do data statistics and analysis.”