MUSIC NEWS - Iron Maiden former lead singer, Paul Andrews admitted in a British court to accepting medical compensation benefits for a back injury while continuing to perform with the band. Andrews, 52, who uses the stage name Paul Di'Anno, left the band in 1981. He said that he took $72,802 from 2001 thru 2008 in fraudulent disability benefits, UK's The Sun reported.
Andrews received incapacity and housing benefits and alleged that he suffered nerve damage to his back and was unable to work. Investigators from the UK's Department of Work and Pensions receive tips on Andrews and found videos of him on You Tube that showed him actively jumping and leaping around onstage with Iron Maiden during the period he was supposedly incapacitated.
He was arrested at Heathrow Airport upon his return in England, The Sun said Saturday. At Salisbury Crown Court Judge Andrew Barnett told him, "Prepare yourself for a prison sentence."
UPDATE 3/11/11- DiAnno sentenced today (March 11) to nine months in prison, but was informed he could be free after four and a half months on conditional bail.