Nyssa plays unlikely role in international counterfeiting conspiracy

Gene L. Thompson, 55, photographed with his son before his sentencing on a federal conspiracy charge. The photo was included in a pleading to a federal judge for leniency.

NYSSA – A one-story home in Nyssa on a quiet city street was key to global criminal conspiracy that for years trafficked in phony brand-name handbags, according to federal court records.

The home served as the U.S. shipping depot for a scheme involving factories in China, the U.S. embassy in South Korea and this blue-collar town . . .