Report fails to support claims that Florida COVID-19 data was doctored

Screenshot of video posted by Rebekah Jones of an FDLE raid at her home.

A state investigation found no evidence of wrongdoing in connection with the explosive allegations brought by Florida’s former coronavirus data expert, who had accused top state health officials two years ago of firing her for refusing to manipulate COVID-19 data to support the push to reopen Florida after months of quarantine.

Specific allegations raised by former agency data manager Rebekah Jones – who gained national media attention with her sensational accusations against the DeSantis administration – were either “unsubstantiated,” meaning there was insufficient evidence to prove or disprove, or “unfounded,” concluding the alleged conduct did not occur, according to the findings.

The investigation was conducted by the Florida Department of Health’s Office of Chief Inspector General, Michael J. Bennett, who investigates whistleblower complaints. Bennett reports to Chief Inspector General Melinda Miguel within Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office.

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