By CARMEN SAFFIOTI
A Russian citizen who is infamously accused of attempting to murder a lookalike woman with poisoned cheesecake made a routine court appearance Thursday, according to the Queens DA’s office.
The defendant, Viktoria Nasyrova, was charged in 2016 with feeding the cheesecake laced with a Russian made drug phenazepam in a far-fetched plot to steal her identity, investigators said.
Nasyrova attempted to make the scene appear as a suicide by laying out pills next to her victim and dressing her in lingerie. While being treated at the hospital, the victimized woman realized that her passport and work identification card were missing.
“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,” said then DA Richard Brown, not deceased.
Nasyrova, 57, faced charges of murder in Russia of another woman, but fled to New York. Police discovered the international arrest warrant after she was accused of drugging men in Brooklyn and stealing their money.
In 2019, Nasyrova took a plea deal for the separate larceny charges. While Nasyrova was not required to explain her crimes, she said “yes” when asked by the judge if she was guilty of larceny rap in 2016.