Glasgow Gangsters & The Fat Controller's Taxi Empire

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One of Scotland’s richest men – STEVEN MALCOLM aka the Fat Controller & his links to Glasgow gangsters Tam McGraw aka The Licensee, Steven “Bonzo” Daniel & cocaine baron MARK RICHARDSON



The Licensee’s widow, Margaret McGraw aka The Jeweller, sold their taxi firm to the Fat Controller for reportedly, £1.4 MILLION


June 2012 Cab bids in crime link probe  A LUCRATIVE airport cab contract has been put on hold for up to two months — while cops probe the underworld connections of bidders. Police were asked to examine tenders lodged by firms with links to Margaret McGraw — widow of feared crime boss Tam — and Stevie Malcolm, a former pal of the gangster. At stake is an exclusive, multi-million-pound four-year deal to provide 180 taxis at Glasgow airport. Last night a source said: “This deal was supposed to be signed in April and a lot of livelihoods are at stake.”

APRIL 2016 Rivals say tycoon’s airport deal breaks strict taxi rules    Mega-rich Stevie Malcolm, will net a reported £30 MILLION over five years to pick up passengers at Edinburgh Airport. Malcolm is known to have been a pal of late Glasgow crimelord McGraw. He’s also a business partner of the dead gangster’s widow Margaret, 61, in another of his firms Glasgow Private Hire. And Malcolm’s co-director in ECPH, Allan Gibson, 52, was a director of controversial Glasgow firm Network Private Hire between 1999 and 2007. That company was feared to have links to hoods and was raided by cops before being given a clean bill of health.

Sep 2010 Strathclyde Police drops objections against Glasgow taxi firm


KeyCars Owner – ROY WOLFIN – Closely associated wi Bonzo & family




COMPANY HOUSE  https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/officers/5yGEJkGUTAwxm8pOg_Evw0Qfki0/appointments

  2. LANARKSHIRE PRIVATE HIRE LTD  (Penny Cars)  https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/SC294191
  3. GLASGOW PRIVATE HIRE LIMITED https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/SC201189
  4. PAISLEY CAB CO. LTD,  Paisley  https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/SC193574

Stevie Malcolm owns several large taxi firms in the central belt. In fact, he is said to have the largest taxi business in Scotland & is also one of the richest men in Scotland!


Below,  Malcolm won numerous contract with local councils, (10 to be precise!) & he is to be paid nearly £3000,000 over 3 years to transport the elderly“, “vulnerable children” & also for doing school runs



Dec 2017 Cocaine gangster who supplied explosives to Daniel clan accused of threatening to torch Scotland’s biggest cab firm

Feb 2004 The Smack Controller Heroin trafficker hired by taxi boss 

A CONTROLLER at Scotland’s biggest private taxi firm is a convicted drug dealer. Ann Watson, 29, served 3 years after being caught with pounds 100,000 worth of heroin. She now works in the control room of Glasgow Private Hire Taxis Ltd. 
Last month we told how taxi-driving dealer Thomas Todd, 36, sold heroin from one of the firm’s cabs. 
Watson was jailed after detectives found 20 bags of heroin with a street value of more than pounds 100,000 in her flat in Byres Road, Glasgow.  She was convicted in 1994 along with dad David, 48, who got 10 years for heroin dealing. 
Watson is the cousin of drugs baron David Santini, one of Scotland’s wealthiest criminals.
Glasgow Private Hire is run by car dealer Tommy Wallace, 48, & millionaire tanning salon boss Stevie Malcolm, Malcolm’s associates, David Dean, 43, and Robert Roden, 51, earlier fronted gangster Tam McGraw’s Mac Cars.



Below,  Malcolm won numerous contract with local councils, (10 to be precise!) & he is to be paid nearly £3000,000 over 3 years to transport the elderly“, “vulnerable children” & for doing school runs

In the Daily Record article dated Nov 2nd 2014, it states..

Property and taxi tycoon Stevie Malcolm held talks with convicted drug dealer Mark Richardson and Steven “Bonzo” Daniel.” 

Daily Record – Feb 4th 2018, Lanarkshire council stated,

QUOTE –  “Contracts have been in place, commencing from Aug 2017 until 2020, with a value of £279,398. “We consult with Police Scotland before any taxi contract is awarded.” 

Mark Richardson was convicted of drug dealing in 2007!  So, by the time the contract is awarded in Aug 2017, Richardson had been known to Police Scotland for AT LEAST 10 years.

The police had been consulted by Lanarkshire council? So presumably Edinburgh council & Renfrewshire councils too &  yet the 10 contracts – transporting elderly and “vulnerable children & doing school runs” were still awarded to Stevie Malcolm??

Even though Police Scotland KNEW he was linked to numerous gangsters & drug dealers?!

So did police Scotland lie to the councils? Was it a case of them “turning a blind eye?”  *OR*  Is it the council that’s lying? Did they, (for the sake of a funny handshake) fast track his applications & not ask for standard police checks to be done? Did they just kinda skim over the bit that would protect the vulnerable members of the public that Stevie Malcolm was being paid oh-so generously to transport?!

Penny Cars got the £279,398 contract in Aug 2017. 

Funnily enough, in the very same month, Penny Cars was set on fire & the damage to cars was said to be around £250,000.. So it cost him approx same amount as he gained with the council contracts!!!

& in case that wasn’t enough coincidences…

In his past he had been arrested and charged with burning down a police car pound?!!!!

Yet another coincidence?!  I d’no, that’s several too many for me, I mean, to be involved in one car lot burning to the ground is one thing, but two?!

Modus Operandi anyone?!


It has also been claimed that one of his companies was once found to operating with 100 stolen cars,

But I think it VERY likely Stevie Malcolm knows exactly whose pockets to line, & possibly even looked upon “favourably” by police scotland, so it will come as no surprise that all charges were later either dropped, or other people came forward and took the blame..


Malcolm is said to have the largest taxi business in Scotland & he is also one of the richest men in Scotland! In 2007 he purchased a plot in Scotland’s richest street for a cool £1.325million! Once his Gleneagles mansion was built, it was estimated to be worth £9 MILLION! But unfortunately (for the fish!) In 2015 his 50ft fish tank exploded & his house was flooded

Taxi pair pocket £1.2m profit https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.thefreelibrary.com/amp/Taxi%2Bpair%2Bpocket%2Bpounds%2B1.2m%2Bprofit.-a0121856749

JUL 2012 Taxi firm linked to gangsters win £2m hospital deal

Before his taxi empire, Stevie made his fortune in Tanning shops.

“The Fat Controller” is another who has risen to the top through owning a string of tanning salons and private hire companies. Now a multi-millionaire and current owner of Glasgow’s Network Private Hire, who recently obtained huge contracts from the Health Service, Schools and the BBC, jobs that previously went to the proper licensed taxi trade. It is likely not an accident that one of their drivers is a senior Labour Councillor on Glasgow City Council, Jim Todd. (Nepotism is alive and well!) Stevie Malcolm, however, is allowed to continue in what he does because he has a clean court record.  

Feb 2002 Lucrative empire of sunbed salons that was built in months   The sunbed parlour firm at the centre of a planning dispute in Glasgow has built up an impressive and lucrative empire in a matter of months. Tan Ko Ltd only began trading in Nov 2000. A mere EIGHT MONTHS LATER, it recorded a turnover of  £269,978, pre-tax operating profits of £95,250, and dividends of  £70,900. Its net book value was put at more than £250,000, mostly in property. Tan Ko’s directors are Steven Malcolm, 38, of Ralston, Paisley, and Thomas Wallace, 46, of Mitchell Drive, Milngavie, according to latest documents lodged with Companies House both men are sole directors of Glasgow Private Hire Ltd, In addition, Mr Malcolm is listed as the only director of Paisley Private Hire Ltd, whose main activity is sunbed hire shops. It recorded turnover of £708,567 and operating profit of £264,414 in the year ended last April.

Aug 2002 Paisley becomes sunbed capital of UK

Feb 2002 Curbs call on ‘shady world of sunbeds’ Council refuses planning permission to established tanning studio as its operators apply for three more salons Ian Davidson, the Pollok MP, who claims many tanning studios are being used by criminals to launder money, MPs have alleged tanning studios, taxi firms, and even Glasgow lawyers are being used to launder money. Mr Davidson, in the Commons last month, told of widespread suspicion that most studios in his constituency are used to launder drug and other criminal money The call also followed Herald inquiries showing Tan Ko Ltd, which was refused planning permission yesterday, has lodged three more applications for sunbed salons in Glasgow – two in Dumbarton Road. A fourth Dumbarton Road application has been lodged by Paisley Private Hire Ltd, which is linked to Tan Ko, also Paisley-based. Steve Malcolm, 38, is a director of both, according to filed returns. 

Last night, Sandra White, the Nationalist list MSP for Glasgow, called for a moratorium on new applications for sunbed parlours until issues are addressed by the Scottish Executive. She expressed concerns over lack of licensing control and allegations of criminal activity.

Jan 2004 Boxing promoter Barry Hughes in £1 billion dirty money probe

Hughes Jnr, a former security firm boss, was charged with mortgage fraud following Wednesday’s police raid on his home in Kilmacolm, Renfrewshire. The 31-year-old tycoon appeared at Paisley Sheriff Court on Thursday. It later emerged that his mansion is owned by taxi boss Stevie Malcolm, 46, whose links to dead criminal godfather Tam McGraw were first exposed by the Sunday Mail seven years ago.

But then, LOW & BEHOLD, in January this year, 2018, Police Scotland raided Malcolms offices!

Gee, I wonder what the outcome of that will be…. 





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