A 63-year-old hotel operator from Kearney has been arraigned on charges he helped an illegal immigrant under investigation by the Social Security Administration Office.
U.S. Attorney Deborah Gilg says Paul Younes and Kearney Hospitality, which owns a number of hotels in central Nebraska, have pleaded guilty; Younes to unlawful employment of aliens and Kearney Hospitality to harboring an alien. Federal prosecutors say Blanca Gama, a citizen of Mexico unlawfully in the United States, served as housekeeping supervisor at the Holiday Inn Express in Hastings. Gama learned she was under investigation by the Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General in 2014. She quit the job and Younes arranged for her to be employed in the housekeeping department at the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Kearney under the name of Elizabeth Gomez as the only independent contractor on the staff.
Younes later authorized her to be re-hired at the Holiday Inn Express in Hastings, this time under the name of Jacqueline Lopez.
Sentencing will be held in May.