Julia Flanagan, in mitigation for Farooq, said he had done "a great deal of growing up" since he committed his crimes.
She added: "It is an old matter now and it is assessed that Mr Farooq's regret is genuine.
"He really is feeling the disgrace, the shame, that he is in court and has lived the last years of his life in and out of Croydon Crown Court with his case.
"For someone that thought he was a big man, he has fallen very low."
Farooq had managed to find work while on bail and had got involved in politics.Really..?!? What sort of politics would attract a serial liar who colluded with his UKBA girlfriend to swindle immigrants out of their money for non-existent help with their visa applications?
His lawyer said: "He has worked volunteering for the Labour Party, of whom he is an enthusiastic supporter."Ahahahahahahahahahahaha..!!! Delicious!