I would always start with what’s easiest. Sometimes a demand letter from an attorney is enough to convince the person that you are serious about pursuing legal avenues to recover your loss.
It’s not difficult to file a small claims filing and Ron will be alerted that you have filed against him. that’s also a good prod.
Note: I am not an attorney. I’ve had to research a few areas to file my own claims, which is what this “advice” is based on, but I’m by no means an expert. However, I am relentless. Part of getting satisfaction in these cases is making the other party understand that you are not giving up. In the case of my daughter’s landlord, he had intimidated the girls until they had decided they would not get the money back. It took me five phone calls and a demand letter threatening small claims court to get it back. I would have shown up in small claims court. I also called the college residential advisor and told him to advise students living off campus not to rent from him. I’m sure he took advantage of other students. He had almost $2K in funds for their security deposit. If he ignored them long enough, he would keep it.
Channel your anger into action.