We heard her tearful, sobbing pleas for help for what seemed like years before she was finally released from a Mexican Prison this Spring. Brenda Martin is the Quinte Broadcasting newsmaker of the year for 2008. The 51-year old Trenton native was convicted of money-laundering in Mexico and sentenced to five years in April after spending several years in prison without ever being charged in connection with a multi-million dollar internet fraud scheme orchestrated by her former boss Richard Alan Waage of Edmonton . An Edmonton journalist alerted our newsroom and other local media to Martin’s plight and it eventually became a national story making it to front pages across the country until her release and transfer back to Canada on May 1st. Martin is currently living in Trenton.