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Former Iron Maiden vocalist Paul Di’Anno facing prison time for disability fraud

Posted by Lucas Riot on Saturday, February 12, 2011 at 6:22 PM (PST)

Paul Di'Anno from Iron MaidenAs reported by former Iron Maiden frontman Paul Andrews, a.k.a. Paul Di’Anno is facing prison time for falsely claiming disability benefits.  Andrews has claimed more than £45,000 of taxpayers’ money in benefits while claiming that he was unable to work due to nerve damage in his back.  But in 2006 a video posted on youtube which showed the singer jumping around and performing on stage during a live show was seen by investigators from the Department of Work and Pensions. 

In court, Andrews pled guilty to 8 counts of benefit fraud and was told to expect a prison sentence.  Honorary Recorder Judge Andrew Barnett: “You have got the sense and courage to plead guilty to these matters, but you have to understand that they are very serious.  Although all sentence options will be open, you should prepare yourself for a prison sentence – and an immediate one at that.”

Andrews was the singer for Iron Maiden during their huge rise to success in 1978 through 1981.  He was kicked out of the band in 1981 amid allegations of drug use which he has always denied.

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