By Denny Walsh
The former vice president of a Rancho Cordova construction company was found guilty Tuesday in federal court of stealing more than $110,000 from the firm.
On the sixth day of trial, a jury of seven men and three women adjudged Thomas Tanke guilty on two counts of mail fraud and five counts of bank fraud.
The 67-year-old Tanke, a resident of El Dorado Hills, testified that at least part of the money was compensation in lieu of a higher salary, but the owner of Azteca Construction, Inc., Rafael Martin, told the jury that was not true.
U.S. District Judge Edward J. Garcia ordered Tanke, who has been on pretrial release, taken to jail pending sentencing on March 2.
"Frankly, I think the defendant is in denial" and a flight risk, judge said. "The evidence against him is overwhelming."