On Wednesday, a New York woman sentenced to 21-years in prison for attempting to murder her doppelganger by giving her a poisoned piece of cheesecake. She also stole her identity and her property.
Viktoria Nasyrova (47), of Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, New York, was found guilty by a jury of attempted second-degree murder as well as first-degree assault and second-degree assault.
On Wednesday, Queens Supreme Court Judge Kenneth C. Holder sentenced her to a 21-year prison term and five years post-release supervision.
Nasyrova has been convicted of her attempted poisoning and murder of Olga Tsvyk.
According to the evidence in the case, Tsvyk resembled Nasyrova. Both women shared the same physical characteristics and had dark hair. They both also speak Russian.
Nasyrova brought cheesecake to Tsvyk on August 28, 2016.
Tsvyk testified during the trial that Nasyrova had come to her house that day for an urgent touch-up.
She told me that she was in Brooklyn. I’m going to bring you a famous cheesecake that I bought from a famous baker.
Tsvyk claimed Nasyrova had eaten two slices of the cheesecake shortly after she arrived. Nasyrova then offered her a final slice, which prosecutors claim was laced Russian tranquilizer Phenazepan. Tsvyk reported that she started feeling sick 20 minutes after eating cake.
Tsvyk, according to the DA, passed out after feeling sick and eating cheesecake.
Investigators said that she told them the last thing she remembered before passing out is Nasyrova walking in her room.
Tsvyk’s body was discovered the next morning, unconscious and surrounded by pills, as if it had been attempted suicide.
She was treated in a hospital, but when she returned to her home, she discovered that both her passport and employment authorization card were missing, along with a gold ring, among other valuables.
Homeland Security agents conducted an investigation and found that the container in which the cheesecake was stored contained Phenazepam residue.
Konstantinos Litourgis, Assistant District Attorney, told the jury during the trial how Nasyrova had been methodical and meticulous when she tried to make it look like the scene was a suicide.
He said that the DNA of Nayrova was on the box. This proved she had tried to murder Tsvyk.
Melinda Katz, Queens District attorney, said: “A calculating and ruthless con artist will spend a lot of time in prison for her attempt to murder others for personal gain and profit.” “Thankfully, she survived and we were able deliver justice.”