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Beggar Dies, Leaves Fortune

November 10, 1990

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) _ When Dario Cortesi died two months ago, it took public charity authorities three days to locate his sister Lucia for her to take care of a modest burial for the 69-year-old beggar.

But when Cortesi’s sister went through his tumbledown shack in Capitan Pastene, a small town 415 miles south of Santiago, she found documents showing he had more than $300,000 in savings. He also owned several houses.

Cortesi, the son of an Italian immigrant, also had been receiving the equivalent of $2,000 monthly from the state pension systems in Chile and Italy. Cortesi’s will leaves most of the money to a local convent. But by law his family is entitled to part of it.