Heavy metal icon Paul Andrews AKA Paul Di’Anno, former lead singer of world-renowned Iron Maiden, may be facing a jail sentence after pleading guilty to benefit fraud. Andrews left the band in 1981 and years after has apparently filed a claim for incapacity after reporting that he had suffered nerve damage to his back and was therefore unable to work.
On 10th February 2011, in Salisbury Crown Court, Andrews admitted to eight counts of benefit fraud, claiming over £45,000 of taxpayers’ money. He was charged for the offences following investigations by the Department of Work and Pensions after the investigators received an anonymous tip that he was in fact still singing. Despite filing for incapacity benefits in the year 2002, the singer had reportedly continued performing. He has had sensational hits like Run to the Hills and The Number of the Beast. A YouTube video was also discovered of him jumping around on stage, performing during a live show in 2006.
Presiding judge for his case, Honorary Recorder Judge Andrew Barnett, said Andrews should expect an immediate prison sentence after pleading guilty to such serious charges. The outcome will be known on 11th March 2011.