WASHINGTON - US Secretary of State John Kerry has been fined for not clearing the snow from the sidewalk in front of his house after a blizzard hit Boston on Tuesday.

Among a variety of other titles – such as secretary of state, former senator, and one-time Democratic candidate for president – John Kerry was called “snow-shoveling scofflaw” by Associated Press, the American news agency, which reported Thursday’s $50 fine.

The fine followed a citizen’s complaint, submitted to the authorities on Wednesday. A resident took a picture of a snowy sidewalk at the five-bedroom Boston townhouse where Kerry has been living since 1995.

Kerry’s spokesman Glen Johnson told the Boston Globe, “Diplomats – they’re just like us. Secretary Kerry was working overseas while the blizzard packed a wallop back home.”

He confirmed that the ticket was issued on Thursday, adding that “The snow has all been shoveled now, the secretary will gladly pay the ticket, and let’s hope this is the last blizzard of the year.”

Kerry was in Saudi Arabia with US President Barack Obama, condoling the death of King Abdullah, so he wasn’t able to clear the sidewalks in front of his Beacon Hill mansion himself.

The city saw a massive snowstorm this week, prompting its Mayor Martin Walsh to take action against those who turn a blind eye to snow drifts.