How ex-U.S. Rep. David Rivera, now a Republican candidate for the statehouse, became a million-dollar man in his three years out of political office remains an enigma.
The most obvious explanation has been that he inherited his newfound wealth from his late mother, who died in 2013.
Daisy Magarino, who also went by Daisy Rivera, left no will, according to records in Miami-Dade County probate court. But she did keep a safety-deposit box at a Doral bank.
What was inside? Who knows? Like much of David Rivera’s finances, what was inside the lockbox remains a secret.
Its contents could solve the puzzle of what happened to her estate. But there’s no public accounting of them, even though a judge ordered one.
Magarino’s daughter, Diana Rivera McKenzie, asked the judge for permission to open the box. Her reasoning: A will might be inside. Her brother, the former congressman, raised no objection.
Go ahead, Judge Michael Genden said. In December 2014, he ordered the box unlocked.
Eighteen months later, there is still no record of what the Riveras found — or even if they opened the box. Despite the judge’s order that an inventory of the box’s contents be “immediately” filed with the court, no such list has been turned in.
Did Magarino leave behind a will? Jewels? Property deeds? Gold doubloons? Nothing but personal mementos?
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