I just wanted to pop in and give some info.
I wish you all the best of luck. I had an issue with Russ, I paid him close to $1000 and was strung along for 3 weeks before I started making noise.
Long story short, I went back and forth with him a few times before simply asking for my money back. He agreed to give me my money back, but then not much later contacted me again and said that paypal froze his account. We went back and forth more, and I started trashing him in public where I knew he'd see it. He "magically" fixed his paypal account and refunded me my money.
In the end, I got my money back. I hope everyone else does as well.