Woman running from murder charge 'poisoned lookalike with cheesecake, stole ID'

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The New York authorities recently arrested a 42-year-old Russian femme fatale believed to have orchestrated the death of her close friend in an attempt to steal her identity and valuables.

"The woman ate the cheesecake, fell ill and laid down", lawyer Richard Brown said.

The next day, the woman's friend discovered her unconscious in bed, wearing lingerie and with pills scattered around her - as if she had tried to kill herself, authorities said.

'Before passing out, the woman's last memory is of seeing the defendant sitting beside her inside her home'.

To make matters even weirder, on returning home from the hospital, the victim found her passport, employment authorisation card, jewellery, and cash had all gone missing.

Nasyrova was arraigned Wednesday and held without bail.

District Attorney Brown said, "This is a freakish 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".

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Viktoria Nasyrova, 42, of Sheepshead Bay, allegedly gave a piece of cheesecake laced with phenazepam, a Russian drug, to her friend and look-alike in Queens on August 28, 2016, District Attorney Richard Brown said.

Nasyrova was arrested in Brooklyn on March 20, 2017.

Nasyrova allegedly visited the woman at her home in Queens and offered her the cake as a gift.

In addition to her alleged crimes in the USA, the 42-year-old is accused of drugging and killing a woman in her native country before fleeing to NY.

The pills contained the same drug as well, Mr Brown said.

Law enforcement agents with the Department of Homeland Security tested the cheesecake and confirmed it was laced with the Russian tranquilizer Phenazepan.

Nasyrova allegedly drugged and robbed her male victims before moving onto the next target. "The defendant has been apprehended and now faces a long term of incarceration". Court documents suggest that the woman fled Russian Federation where she was wanted for the murder of a 54-year-old woman. She denies taking part in the crime.

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