Maisbel Mendez is an American of Cuban descent. She is the older sister of Nestor Galban. According to controversial Congressional Representative Matt Gaetz he met Galban when he was dating Mendez. Gaetz says teenage Galban continued to act as an unofficial guardian for Galban, after he and Mendez stopped dating. Years later Gaetz referred to Galban as his son, although there seems to be no public record of Gaetz seeking official custody of Galban.
Gaetz was the lawyer who filed a custody claim for Mendez, in 2016. The claim listed Mendez's address as Gaetz's address.
In June 2020 pictures of Mendez, Galban and Gaetz were published on twitter. They included one of Mendez standing in front of what looks like a brand new BMW, with a gift card signed "Love Don + Vicky" - the names of Matt Gaetz parents. It triggered speculation over how long she had known Gaetz, as it congratulated Mendez for 15 years, triggering speculation she had known Gaetz for fifteen years.
- Lesely Abravanel (2020-06-18). "This whole Matt Gaetz outing of his so-called secret 'son' is so on brand for the repulsive #FloridaMan". Threader app. Archived from the original on 2021-10-25. https://web.archive.org/web/20211025144902/https://threader.app/thread/1273747227433934848. Retrieved 2021-10-24. "Beemer, why does she have the same Fort Walton Beach, FL address as Matty (and a mug shot too), and why was she involved in a 2016 court case against Nelson SENIOR in which she petitioned for 'concurrent custody by extended family"? (Source: https://threader.app/thread/1273747227433934848)"
- Lesely Abravanel (2020-06-18). "This whole Matt Gaetz outing of his so-called secret 'son' is so on brand for the repulsive #FloridaMan". Twitter. Archived from the original on 2021-09-09. https://web.archive.org/web/20210909034448/https://twitter.com/lesleyabravanel/status/1273747229166178304. Retrieved 2021-10-24. "What we do want to know is, who is Maisbel Mendez, why did the Gaetz family buy her a Beemer"
- Andrew Kreig (April 2021). "April 2021 News". Justice-integrity project. Archived from the original on 2021-01-18. https://web.archive.org/web/20210118165220/https://www.justice-integrity.org/news-reports?start=9. Retrieved 2021-10-24. "Gaetz claims that he is not actually a blood relative of Nestor, but that he unofficially adopted Nestor at the age of 12 when Nestor's Cuban mother died of cancer in Cuba. Gaetz revealed that he had been dating Nestor's sister, Maisbel Mendez, now 33, before he "adopted" Nestor."
- "Matt Gaetz gets dragged, then claims he adopted teen from Cuba". The Gaily Grind. 2020-06-18. Archived from the original on 2021-10-25. https://web.archive.org/web/20211025023215/https://thegailygrind.com/2020/06/18/love-you-nestor-rep-matt-gaetz-appears-on-fox-news-with-his-newly-revealed-son/. Retrieved 2021-10-24. "According to court records, it appears Gaetz served as the attorney in Nestor’s 2016 custody hearing, not his adoptive parent. It also appears the custody hearing was between a woman named Maisbel Mendez and a Nestor Galban Sr."
- Richard Cameron (2020-06-18). "Trump Got Slapped By The Supremes". National Compass. Archived from the original on 2021-03-05. https://web.archive.org/web/20210305013527/https://www.nationalcompass.net/2020/06/18/trump-got-slapped-by-the-supremes-and-hes-going-karen/. Retrieved 2021-10-24. "These cases can only be brought if you have had physical custody of the child for a designated length of time. The woman involved in the case was a Maisbel Mendez who listed her address as that of Gaetz. A girlfriend? Employee? Or a false address?"