DeKalb judicial candidate indicted on theft charges

Michael Rothenberg, an attorney who is seeking to unseat DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Gail Flake, was indicted Tuesday on multiple felony charges.

A DeKalb grand jury formally charged Rothenberg with six counts of theft by taking.

The indictment stems from Rothenberg's receipt of more than $1.3 million from Winterhawk Energy and Development Corp., a Colorado-based investment group, the DeKalb District Attorney's Office said in a statement. Some of that money was redirected to various accounts controlled by Rothenberg, including a campaign account and a personal banking account, the office said.

"Michael Rothenberg unlawfully transferred $440,000 into accounts that he controlled and then illegally used those funds for his own personal use," District Attorney Robert James said. "He would frequent local DeKalb County spots such as Farm Burger, J. Christopher's and Walmart on other people's dimes. This isn't just a clear violation of the law, but also a violation of the trust of the investors of this development corporation."

Rothenberg had qualified to challenge Flake in the upcoming non-partisan elections on July 31.