Ellis Levin | Forensic accountant, 65

Posted: November 16, 2012

Ellis Levin, 65, of Cinnaminson and Brant Beach, N.J., a forensic accountant who worked on many major fraud investigations and audited institutions ranging from schools to international chemical giants, died Wednesday, Nov. 14, just weeks after learning he had an aggressive form of cancer.

In the arcane world of accounting irregularities and audit failures, Mr. Levin was widely considered a whiz, driven by a passion to "get at the truth," as his family put it.

Since graduating from the University of South Florida in 1969, he had practiced public accounting and, in the last 20 years, forensic accounting and litigation consulting.

He dealt not only with cases of financial fraud but also merger and acquisition disputes, and accountant malpractice allegations. In federal and state courts in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Puerto Rico, he testified as an expert on such topics as banking practices and real estate development.

Raised in Overbrook, Mr. Levin was a member of Central High School's Class of 1964. After receiving a bachelor's degree in accounting and finance, he went to work for the accounting firm of Lybrand, Ross Bros. & Montgomery in Philadelphia. A succession of positions followed at other CPA firms and real estate companies until, in 1992, he began a forensic accounting practice with Ten Eyck Associates, which merged with FTI Consulting Inc. in 2003.

Last July, he became a managing director at D&S Litigation Forensic and Valuation Services L.L.C.

Mr. Levin also taught continuing education courses, principally on accounting and taxation of real estate transactions. He was an associate member of the American Bar Association and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

For Mr. Levin, however, "what it was all about was family," said his wife, Eileen. His work was "all toward that end."

For the last 11 years, the Levins had a second home on Long Beach Island, where he kept a fishing boat called Escape. He spent his days off, his wife said, cruising the bay with his children, grandchildren, and golden retriever, Clifford.

Mr. Levin was active in the island community as a trustee and board member of the Surflight Theater and a member of the Jewish Community Center. With the Spray Beach Yacht Club, he assisted in the youth sailing programs.

Hurricane Sandy left the Levin house relatively intact. "He loved it dearly," his wife said.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Levin is survived by daughter Amy Seemuller; sons Robert and Larry; and seven grandchildren.

Visitation will be at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at Platt Memorial Chapels, 2001 Berlin Rd., Cherry Hill. A funeral service will begin there at 10, followed by interment in Crescent Memorial Park, Pennsauken.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Jewish Community Center of Long Beach Island, 2411 Long Beach Blvd., Spray Beach, N.J. 08008, or the Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue, 60 Vera Cruz Rd., Reinholds, Pa. 17569.

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