The City and County of Honolulu agreed to pay three service members for towing and auctioning off their vehicles while they were deployed.
It's part of a settlement with the Department of Justice that cost the city over $100,000 so far.
Two vehicles were towed and auctioned while their owners were on-board Navy ships. The owner of the third vehicle was deployed in the South Pacific. They'll receive a total of about $55,000.
“That is what we intend to do and we'll be very diligent in meeting that obligation and we will work with the military in ensuring we do so,” Honolulu Director of Customer Services Sheri Kajiwara said.
The Justice Department claims the city violated the Service Members Civil Relief Act. That is protection from certain civil proceedings while still in the service.
The City also has to pay a $60,000 civil penalty and set up a $150,000 fund for other service members who may have had their rights violated.
The agreement forces the city to adopt new procedures like checking registrations and if a vehicle belongs to a service-member, allowing them 60 days to respond before getting a court order to dispose of the vehicle.