Hawaii joins nationwide effort over foreclosures

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii has joined a nationwide effort to address practices by mortgage loan servicers that state officials say appear to be in violation of state laws.

Hawaii's participation in the effort was announced Wednesday by Attorney General Mark Bennett and the executive director of the Office of Consumer Protection, Stephen Levins.

Bennett's office says a number of mortgage loan servicers have submitted affidavits or signed other documents in support of foreclosures that appear to have procedural defects.

The process of signing documents without confirming their accuracy has come to be known as "robo-signing."

State officials believe such a process may constitute a deceptive act and/or an unfair practice or otherwise violate state laws.

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