Raymond J. Donovan, secretary of labor, was indicted in 1984 on charges that he and his construction company defrauded the New York City Transit Authority of $7.4 million in building a still-unfinished Manhattan subway tunnel. Donovan, who is accused of using as a front a phony minority business company run by a reputed Mafia soldier, resigned last year and is contesting the charges.

James M. Beggs, head of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, was indicted last December for allegedly defrauding the government while an executive at General Dynamics Corp. Beggs was charged with overcharging the Defense Department for the development of the Army's ill-fated Divad antiaircraft gun. He has resigned and is contesting the charges.

Robert Hill, Seattle regional chief of the Economic Development Administration, was sentenced to six months in prison last year for accepting a $1,000 gratuity from the head of an antipoverty group funded by his agency.

Lee S. Varner II, an official at the Agriculture Department's Graduate School, pleaded guilty last year to defrauding the government of $53,500 for consulting work awarded to someone else but actually performed by him.

Donald Ellison, Boston regional chief of the General Services Administration, pleaded guilty to misapplication of bank funds in connection with the embezzlement of more than $213,000 from a New Hampshire bank while he was vice president. Ellison received a two-year prison term.