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Fraud suspect tied to mental hospital victim

Maryland state police detectives are expecting to get at least partial autopsy results back today in their probe of a weekend killing inside a high-security mental hospital that houses patients implicated in violent crimes.

Susan Sachs was found with a string around her neck Sunday morning inside her room at the Clifton T. Perkins State Hospital in Jessup. Another patient -- El Soundani El-Wahhabi, also known as Saladin Taylor -- was charged with murder.

Both Sachs and El-Wahhabi had been sent to Perkins for previous homicide cases. Sachs also has a connection to a well-known fraud convict in Montgomery County.

In 2004, Sachs was implicated in killing her Chevy Chase landlady, well known social worker Joyce Hadl -- and eventually sent to Perkins.

At the time, she had a relationship with Roger Greenberg, authorities have said. She enlisted Greenberg's help to buy scrub brushes and clean the crime scene. Greenberg pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact, was given a five-year sentence and was released in 2007.

It was then that Greenberg began swindling an elderly widow.

Greenberg was convicted this year of swindling more than $100,000 from the widow, whom he had convinced to marry him in the front seat of his car. In a recent court matter in the Greenberg case, prosecutors asserted that he was trying to get his hands on one of the widow's homes to give to Sachs -- even as she was locked up in the forensic hospital.

Greenberg is not connected to Sachs's slaying.

-- Dan Morse

By Dan Morse  | September 27, 2010; 1:16 PM ET
Categories:  Dan Morse, Maryland, Montgomery  
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