Was Trent Bowman present in the gallery at the recent John Foster civil trial? This question has become quite a tangled mystery. So tangled that I was forced to do something I almost never do: remove a blog post. When you make a correction, but then you have to reverse yourself and "correct the correction," stuff just gets too tangled.
Best to start over.
First of all, allow me to admit that Trent Bowman is not "a big corn fed white guy." He is, in fact, a tall black guy who bears a striking resemblance to the Trent Bowman described in this link, click here, who recently was named Assistant Vice President at Associated Bank. Is it the same guy? That question has not been definitively answered but it sure seems like too much of a coincidence that two guys with the same name would look alike, have similar bank jobs in the same metropolitan area, but NOT be the same guy. At this point, I'm back to thinking that, yes, Trent Bowman was sitting in the gallery of the Larry Maxwell trial and...
...was recognized by at least one trial participant. I am trying to find another witness to confirm this for certain.
There were a lot of dubious characters at the Larry Maxwell trial, which revolved around identity theft and mortgage fraud. John Foster, a hard working suburbanite with perfect credit, had his identity stolen as part of a fraudulent scheme to sell 1564 Hillside Ave. N. One of those dubious characters was Ricky Frey, who is a barrel chested dude who looks like a bouncer. Frey is not white but black, yet light skinned enough that I mistook Frey for a white guy. Later, trying to keep all the characters straight, I mixed up Frey and Bowman, though at one time I knew them apart.
Click here for a blog post describing Frey's testimony.
Trent Bowman (the one who was part of the Maxwell trial) was a cooperative witness who identified a great deal of paperwork for the prosecution. Bowman was the "in house loan officer" at Centennial Mortgage, and his major downfall was to hand over paperwork to Larry Maxwell and let Maxwell take care of getting the paperwork filled out. The paperwork came back as though it had been completed by people applying for loans to cover mortgages. In fact, stolen identities were involved. Bowman didn't know what Maxwell was doing until it was too late. This was incredibly neglectful behavior.
So is this the same Trent Bowman who just made Vice President at Associated Bank?
Or a different guy?
Inquiring minds want to know. And inquiring minds are trying to find out.