In what sounds like a crazy espionage ploy gone wrong, a Russian woman living in Brooklyn was indicted for attempted murder after she allegedly poisoned her look-alike with a cheesecake to try and steal her identity.
Buzzfeed reported that Viktoria Nasyrova, 42, who is already serving a prison sentence at Rikers Island, faces additional prison time if convicted for the poisoning antic.
Nasyrova and her 35-year old look-alike, who the court said also had dark hair and the same similar complexion, and also spoke Russian, hung out together in Queens last August 2016, with Nasyrova gifting her with a cheesecake.
After eating the cheesecake, the look-alike told investigators that she soon fell ill then passed out. Luckily, the poison in the cake wasn’t enough to kill her, as she woke up to a friend who rushed her to the hospital.
The victim added that she was found in bed wearing lingerie and surrounded by pills—which made it look like she attempted suicide. She says the last thing she remembered was passing out with Nasyrova beside her, and they were not in her bedroom.
Investigators added in court records that the victim discovered her passport and employment card were missing, as well as cash and a gold ring; when she returned home from treatment at the hospital.
Police tested the remaining pieces of the cheesecake, which were left in its container, and found that they were laced with phenazepam, a narcotic made in Russia. The pills that had been left around the victim were determined to be the same drug.
Nasyrova was then arrested in Brooklyn in March 2017, and police found the victim’s missing belongings in her possession.
“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,” Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said.
Nasyrova is also accused of murdering a woman in Russia before reportedly fleeing to Brooklyn, where she worked as a dominatrix.
In Brooklyn, she was accused of meeting men on dating sites, drugging them, and robbing them while they were passed out, for which she was eventually arrested for and charged with grand larceny.