I don't want to go into details of how this was achieved as it would identify me and the domain
First, here's one more :) in celebration of a happy ending.
Second, I pulled a quote because I'm a bit bothered by what it represents = a suggestion that there's a methodology "that works" without a willingness to share anything about that methodology. I'm bothered because everyone here gave you their best input about "what to do" and, having had some success, the best you offer is . . . "I've got nothing to share about it." In my book, in the context of this community, which is built upon sharing info and helping one another, that's just not . . hospitable.
Frankly, I'd be surprised - given that there's 100+ million domains currently registered - that disclosing something "about the method" - without naming the domain, the registrar or yourself - "would give it all away", i.e., your identity OR the domain.
So I'm asking, as politely as I can, that you at least provide an outline of "the method that worked".
For the record, you aren't the first person to recover a domain that was actually acquired by fraud. In most cases "the recovery" came down to the aggrieved party producing satisfactory proof of the corruption and delivering that to the registrars involved in the transfer. Often in these situationa, if an account has been corrupted, there is more than ample proof as the predator tends to be . . greedy = takes more than 1 domain AND, sadly, often immediately begins to attempt to sell the domains.
I suspect there's nothing magic, as short of a) filing a lawsuit or getting the right legal authorities involved; b) filing a WIPO proceeding; c) producing compelling proof of actual fraud to registrars prone to good faith and fair dealing; or, d) running an effective publicity campaign, there's few other options I've come across.
So, again, I'm asking: What did it take? Was the domain, in fact, fraudulently transferred away from your account? Did the receiving party/registrant willingly participate in any way in returning the domain? Was there a bona fide "system glitch" that, once everyone was properly notified, everyone acted in good faith to restore things?
Was it lawyers, guns and/or money? ;) and :P