On February 21, 2014, an Order Granting Partial Summary Judgment was entered against Kia Scott which established her failure to reconcile trust accounts and her alteration of official court records. This order was based on a finding by a hearing panel of the North Carolina State Bar’s Disciplinary Hearing Commission that Scott violated Rule 1.15-3(b) by failing to maintain client ledgers, as well as Rule 1.15-3(d) by failing to reconcile her trust accounts at two different banks. Scott had also pled guilty to and was convicted of one count of misdemeanor common law obstruction of justice in July 2013.
On May 6, 2014, the Hearing Panel concluded that Scott also violated Rule 1.15-2(j) by embezzling entrusted funds, Rule 1.15-2(b) by failing to deposit entrusted property into a general trust account, Rule 3.3(a) by knowingly making a false statement of material fact to the tribunal, and Rules 8.4(b)-(d) for misconduct showing professional unfitness. For these violations, the Hearing Panel disbarred Scott on May 6, 2014.