Woman who poisoned cheesecake to steal victim’s identity gets 21 years in prison

Viktoria Nasyrova was sentenced to 21 years in prison for attempted murder by poisoning a woman's cheesecake in order to steal her identity. Nasyrova, who targeted Olga Tsvyk because of their similar appearance and shared Russian language, was found guilty of multiple charges including second-degree attempted murder. The drug phenazepam, a potent sedative, was discovered in the cheesecake residue and matched pills found near Tsvyk's bed. Prosecutors praised Tsvyk's survival and said justice was served.

In 2016, Olga Tsvyk was found unconscious and surrounded by pills after eating a slice of cheesecake brought by Viktoria Nasyrova. Nasyrova, convicted of attempted murder, had planned to poison Tsvyk in order to steal her identity.

After the incident, Tsvyk’s passport, employment authorization card, gold ring, and other valuables went missing.

Law enforcement agents found phenazepam, a potent sedative, in the cheesecake residue. Nasyrova was arrested in 2018 and sentenced to 21 years in prison for her actions. Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz expressed gratitude that justice was served and Tsvyk survived the attack.