Hey Topspin Man:
As a person who treasures this forum and does business in this page, I feel for you man. Seems like from the evidence you've presented, i think you've been scammed.
Just did some research for you. Here's something you may want to investigate.
Check out this site. It's a collaborative unit between the FBI and several other federal agencies to crack down on Internet Fraud. Here's the site, you may want to file a complaint from them. Depending on the monteary amount lost, you may have some recourse. Here's the site:
Keep us posted on what's going on and good luck.