Woman accused of poisoning look-alike with cheesecake to steal identity
Nasyrova is shown on an Interpol alert before her arrest.
NEW YORK (FOX5NY) - A Brooklyn woman faces attempted murder, burglary and other charges in a bizarre scheme to allegedly poison a friend who resembled her with cheesecake and then stealing her identification.
Viktoria Nasyrova, 42, of Sheepshead Bay faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.
Authorities say it happened in August of 2016. Nasyrova is alleged to have laced the dessert with a Russian drug called phenazepam and given it to the unsuspecting 35-year-old victim. The The victim ate the dessert and afterwards began to feel sick and laid down.
Before passing out, the victim’s last memory was of seeing the other woman sitting beside her inside her home. The following day, the victim’s friend discovered her unconscious in her bed, dressed in lingerie with pills scattered around her body - as if the woman had attempted to kill herself. The victim was taken to a hospital for treatment and she survived the poisoning.
When she returned home she realized that her passport and employment documents were missing.
Authorities say the victim and the defendant resembled each other. Both have dark hair, the same skin complexion and speak Russian.
District Attorney Brown said, “This is a bizarre and twisted crime that could have resulted in the death of a Queens woman, whose only fault was that she shared similar features with the defendant.”
Nasyrova was arraigned Wednesday and held without bail. She is due back in court in August.