TUALATIN, Ore. (KOIN) — After a KOIN 6 News investigation, the State of Oregon is taking action to suspend the certified nursing assistant certification of a local woman suspected of faking cancer.
Jenifer Gaskin of Tualatin told friends and police she was treated for thyroid cancer and received more than $10,000 through GoFundMe.
Friends of Gaskin — Jill Hanns and Elsa Dobson — told KOIN 6 News that Gaskin hosted a pre-chemo party when news of her “cancer” first started to emerge.
Gaskin initially said doctors had diagnosed her with cancer, but it looked fairly treatable. Then, she said, things took a turn for the worse.
A detective investigated and was “unable to locate any medical records that Gaskin was a patient” at the 3 hospitals where she told him she had been treated.
Recently, the Oregon State Board of Nursing began investigating and accused Gaskin of engaging in conduct unbecoming of a nursing assistant.
According to the state, Gaskin hasn’t responded to 2 requests to explain herself — both letters were sent to Gaskin in July.
In the letters, they asked her to sign releases from her medical providers over a 3-year period.
Gaskin’s license could be suspended indefinitely if she doesn’t respond by Sept. 10.