Former lead singer of heavy metal legends Iron Maiden is facing jail after being exposed as a benefit cheat…by his music videos on YouTube.
Paul Andrews, 52, known by millions worldwide as Paul Di’Anno, admitted swindling taxpayers out of around$75,000 yesterday.
The tattooed rocker claimed he suffered nerve damage to his back that prevented him working.
But the Department of Work and Pensions was tipped off he was still performing on stage.
They found he had toured from 2002 to 2008, while claiming incapacity benefit, housing benefit and council tax handouts.
Investigators watched videos on his website and YouTube of him leaping around in front of fans worldwide.
He was arrested last year at Heathrow on arriving back in Britain.
Recorder Judge Andrew Barnett told him at Salisbury Crown Court, Wilts, “Prepare yourself for a prison sentence.”
Andrews fronted Maiden from 1978 to 1981 but was sacked on the brink of their biggest success amid drug allegations which he denied.
Bruce Dickinson replaced him.
He carried on performing with other bands.
Sentence was adjourned and Andrews was bailed.
by Wallace McTavish