Woman suspected of faking cancer may lose nursing license

Jenifer Gaskin hasn't responded to the state's 2 requests to explain herself

Jenifer Gaskin in an undated photo (Courtesy: David Hubbs)
Jenifer Gaskin in an undated photo (Courtesy: David Hubbs)

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.

A selfie Jenifer Gaskin sent her friend Elsa Dobson. (Courtesy photo)

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.