CRIME: Love and Leverage

Reaching for his handkerchief, the silver-haired former United Nations official broke into sobs as he testified in a Manhattan federal court. "My heart tells me she loved me," he said. "My mind tells me, however, that she tried to leverage my connections at the U.N. to make a profit."

The weeping witness was John G. Stoessinger, 49, an Austrian-born political scientist who has had a career in public service and academe that seemed almost as distinguished as his wavy-haired good looks. But last September Stoessinger pleaded guilty to the concealment of a crime, a felony for which he...

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