Crime History: Keyboard legend Billy Preston indicted in insurance scam

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Local,Crime,Scott McCabe

On this day, Nov. 9, in 1998, Grammy-winning musician Billy Preston, sometimes referred to as the unofficial fifth Beatle, was indicted in Los Angeles for fraudulent insurance claims.

Preston, a keyboard prodigy, played with Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin and the Rolling Stones before banging out his own hits like "Nothing From Nothing" and "Will It Go Round in Circles."

He co-wrote Joe Cocker's ballad "You Are So Beautiful" with Dennis Wilson, of the Beach Boys, and is credited with keeping the Beatles intact to record the band's last album, "Let it Be."

In the indictment, Preston and others were accused of setting fire to their own homes and staging burglaries and car accidents.

Preston, already doing time for a cocaine conviction, pleaded guilty.

He died in 2006 at the age of 59.

- Scott McCabe

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