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Oregon woman accused of profiting from fake cancer diagnosis

But likely won't face charges

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon woman is accused of profiting financially by faking a cancer diagnosis, but will most likely not be charged.

The Register-Guard reported (http://bit.ly/2tjVnbs ) Saturday that Jenifer Jones Gaskin, who moved from Eugene to the Portland area in 2012, announced in 2014 that she had been diagnosed with cancer.

Jill Hanns, who three years later says she feels like a fool, had started a GoFundMe page for Gaskin that brought in more than $10,000. Hanns became suspicious in September 2015 before authorities confirmed her gut feeling.

Police could not find any proof that Gaskin ever had been treated for cancer at the hospitals she claimed to have received treatment from. Her medical records and insurance claims were subpoenaed by the Lane County District Attorney's Office, but turned up no results.

Authorities say charging Gaskin is problematic due to how GoFundMe donations operate and her lack of confession.


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