SALISBURY, UK (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Former Iron Maiden frontman Paul Andrews (AKA Paul Di'Anno) has been sentenced to jail for nine months after being convicted of benefits fraud.
Andrews reportedly took more than &45,000 in benefits from the government after claiming he was unable to work due to back injuries. However, during this time, Andrews continued to actively tour and posted more than 50 videos of performances between 2004 and 2007 with his new band.
According to the Daily Mirror, Judge Jane Miller told Andrews: "Your public persona is not relevant. Your greed cost this country a lot of money."
Andrew's website still lists active tourdates well into 2011.
Andrews was the first vocalists for Iron Maiden but was reportedly fired by the band's manager Rod Smallwood in 1981 over cocaine and alcohol abuse and replaced by Bruce Dickinson.- CelebrityAccess Staff Writers